Ferrari Director Sheds Light on Key F1 Engine Details for 2022

Published 10/22/2021, 3:54 AM EDT


The 2021 United States Grand Prix is nearly upon us, and before the race at the Circuit of The Americas, The director of the engine department of Scuderia Ferrari has revealed some very interesting information about the new hybrid system of the new engine that they mounted on the back of the SF21.

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The engineer revealed officially that the ERS of the new hybrid system now works with almost 800 volts, doubling the previous value. The increase in performance should be a key step in the right direction for Scuderia Ferrari as they look to clinch third place in the Constructors’ World Championship.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. on the starting grid before the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Enrico Gualtieri, director of the Ferrari Engine Department, shed some light on the new hybrid system. They adopted these changes in the last two races on their 4 engine this season. Leclerc got the new engine in Russia and Sainz got it in Turkey.

The 46-year-old engineer for Modena explained that the new ERS is close to what we expect to see in the 2022 version of the cars. The Maranello outfit has decided to experiment with an innovative solution to draw useful information about the reliability of the new system. They are doing this so as to avoid any surprises at the beginning of the next year. This is considering the fact that they will have to approve the power units and then freeze development for the next four years.

Details about the new Hybrid System

Gualtieri confirmed that the new Hybrid System works at high voltage. It has jumped from 400 volts straight to 800 volts. The battery does not use the previous solid-state electrolyte technology.

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Murad Sezer

We are satisfied with the feedback collected from the track. It was hard work and the credit goes to all the people who worked on the project. We have adopted new technology, increasing the voltage of the system, approaching the doubling of the voltage.”

Every single element of the hybrid has been revised to seek the maximum efficiency in the new operating condition. The battery has been heavily modified while retaining the same chemical composition as the previous version.”

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Ferrari have been underperforming for the last few years, and they have always maintained that their focus is on 2022. Will they be able to come up with a Championship-worthy car that can rival Mercedes and Red Bull? Will they be aiming for the top spot in the Constructors’ Championship? The oldest team in F1 has a lot of expectations to live up to. And surely, their Tifosi will definitely want them to achieve their goals next year.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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