by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Early look: First glimpse of Mercedes-Benz's new Formula 1 V6 engine for the 2014 season

The first photos emphasizing Merc's all new 6-cylinder unit for Formula 1 cars hit the internet a few days ago. Developed by the experts from Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) headquartered at Brixworth, UK, the unit will be used starting with the 2014 season, when the new F1 regulations come into force.

The engine has a total displacement of 1.6 litres, runs on refined petrol and boasts an all new hybrid module called ERS (Energy Recovery System) that replaces the outgoing KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) and offers an outrageous boost of 161 hp for a maximum amount of time of 33.3 seconds, compared to the current 80 hp extra power which last only 6.7 seconds according to measurements.

The V6 also boasts turbo-charging instead of natural aspiration, in an effort to reduce fuel consumption and improve efficiency level, but also makes it even noisier as engineers who have tested it in the laboratory claim. The maximum output delivered by the 1.6-litre F1 powerplant reaches 750 hp, with a peak revving of 125,000 rpm.

Together with the gearbox, the kerb weight of the engine indicates no less than 145 kilograms, which is far ahead the current 85 kilograms of the V8 unit used in Formula 1. Overall, the new cars for the 2014 season will be just 15 kilograms heavier than the current ones. The 1.6-litre V6 Mercedes-Benz engine shall be used by three teams: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Force India Mercedes.

Further technical details and pictures over the 2014 F1 powerplant could be released in the next period, so stay tuned to to find out the latest!

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