The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has already taken the wraps off its 2014 engine, a turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6. It's apparently so pleased with the radical new powerplant that it decided to show this computer-rendered version as well.
In accordance with new rules, the engine is actually teamed with an electrical Energy Recovery System for an extra boost of power. The V-6 is expected to contribute around 600 horsepower, with another 150 ponies coming from an electric motor-generator, which can also be used to charge the lithium-ion battery pack.
A second motor-generator provides additional charging capability, and can help spool up the internal-combustion engine's turbo, eliminating lag. Electrical energy is also recovered from exhaust gases via the turbocharger's turbine.
The new powertrain is a big shift from the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V-8s used through the 2013 season. The 1.6-liter turbocharged layout is mandated by new engine design regulations, as is nearly everything else from the maximum fuel-flow rate to the rev limit. This means engines from different suppliers could become more alike than ever.
In addition to powering the Mercedes AMG team's cars, the new engine will also be sold to Force India, as part of a new long-term supply deal. Mercedes AMG will supply the entire assembly--dubbed a "Power Unit" by the team--including the V6 and Energy Recovery System. Mercedes has been supplying engines to Force India since 2009.
To hear the 2014 Mercedes AMG F1 engine on the dyno, click here.