1989-1993
V10/V12
(3.500cc, normally aspirated)

For many that period was the state-of-the art in terms of Formula One engines. Turbos had gone, the Honda-Ferrari-Ford-Renault engineering war gave birth to some of the most sophisticated units ever done. Their lap times stood the test of time. It took a little longer than expected to define which number of cylinders would be the best. Honda started with a V10, champion with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Changing the architecture to a V12 in 1991, when the Brazilian won again. Ferrari stuck to the V12, albeit heavier and thirstier and fought for the championship on 1990, with Alain Prost.

Renault returned to the circus betting on a V10 Formula One engine that wasn’t a match for its counterparts on the start. But, once reliable and developed, turned out to be the engine to have. Coupled with a fantastic Williams chassis, a work led by Adrian Newey, it won two years in a row. Namely, 1992, with Nigel Mansell and 1993 with Prost. At that period, many manufacturers tried to join the fray, such as Yamaha, Lamborghini, Judd, Mugen, Porsche and Ford Cosworth.

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