Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes speeds down the track during the final day of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Formula One will look and sound different when the season starts in Melbourne Sunday, with new regulations and the introduction of a turbocharged V-6 engine with energy recovery systems. The following looks at the main changes for 2014, with the sport facing its most significant technical overhaul in at least two decades. POWER UNIT Put simply, what used to be called an engine has become something a lot more complicated. The old 2.4 liter V-8 engines, with kinetic energy recovery systems, that revved at up to 18,000rpm have been consigned to history and replaced by a power unit – a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 rpm with two energy recovery systems. The sport last saw turbo engines in 1988 . Teams are allowed five power units – each made up of six elements – per driver per season, compared with eight engines last year. FUEL ECONOMY The new units will use some 35 percent less fuel than the previous engines, as part of a green revolution in the sport.Each car has an allocation of 100 kg of fuel to complete the race without refueling, compared with around 150-160 kg last year. WEIGHTMinimum car weights have increased from 642 kg to 691 kg to compensate for the heavier power units.
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