Ten lessons from F1's first test
Everything you need to know about this year’s crop of F1 cars from Jerez
Posted: 03 Feb 2014
800bhp is just a guess. We know that regenerated energy from the brakes and turbo is doubled from last year's 80bhp to 161bhp, and also that while the FIA maintains that the turbo V6s produce 600bhp (some 150bhp less than the V8s), the teams, especially those smug enough to have a Mercedes engine, are already suggesting it is substantially more.
Teams have also let on that the engines have an incredibly steep torque curve that plateaus long before the new 15,000rpm rev limit. It's how they've been able to meet the requirement to specify one set of gear ratios for the whole season, from Monaco to Monza. That big dump of torque, combined with the downforce reduction that comes with no exhaust blowing or secondary ‘beam' wing, means the new cars are lairy as hell.