Today the Renault Sport engine is still highly advanced, with a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 featuring a pair of powerful energy recuperation systems that feed twin electric motors... The aim is to deliver the same power as the 2013 V8 engine delivered using a V6 turbo and twin electric motors (which also uses 40 percent less fuel).
As my journalism lecturers have told us over and over during the past three years, the best journalists are ones with a wide range of experiences and interests. It's why we are encouraged to seek a placement that is outside of what we might be comfortable with. It's actually why we are encouraged to seek a placement in the first place...
I was privileged to attend Silverstone last week for the UK National Finals of the GT Academy. This is an annual competition run in collaboration with Sony PlayStation and Nissan to source pure motor racing talent for those that have not had the opportunity to go through the more traditional channels of grass-roots racing.
I write this from the famous Northamptonshire circuit of Silverstone. Geographically speaking though, I'm actually in Buckinghamshire, as the vast circuit straddles two counties. It's June, but the rain is pouring down. Outside, a cluster of umbrellas and rain-sodden macs bobs eagerly around at the paddock perimeter to catch a glimpse of one of 22 heroes who haven't even arrived yet. It's mad but somehow it makes perfect sense, and it feels like coming home. It can only be the annual occupation of the British Grand Prix.