Renault has won 12 Constructors' World Titles (as motorist and team) and went back to its core activity as an engine supplier in 2011. Renault powers 4 teams in 2014: world champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing; Lotus F1 Team; Caterham F1 Team and Scuderia Toro Rosso Team.
Renault’s renewed commitment to F1 underlines how important Grand Prix racing is to the brand. As well as being a formidable springboard to
promote its image across the globe, motor racing’s highest tier doubles up as a test laboratory for new technology – a factor that will become ever more relevant in the years ahead, when new engine regulations are implemented.
Renault Sport F1 is the department that has been set up to oversee
this programme. The main thrust of its work takes place at Viry-
Châtillon, traditionally the technical hub of Renault’s F1 activities where engines have been developed, built and tested for more than 35 years.
This season, the emphasis is on downsizing and electric power. The Renault Energy F1 2014 power-unit complies with the new FIA rules and represents a high-tech breakthrough, delivering a spectacular cut in fuel consumption, with its direct-injection turbocharged engine coupled
to advanced energy recovery and electrification systems.
Each team also has its own group of engine specialists and technicians who are assigned for the season’s duration. Furthermore, the eight Renault-powered drivers have a dedicated engine engineer.