F1 cars no longer have engines as such, they run a hybrid power unit (PU) that delivers in the order of 1000 bhp (Break horsepower) and with an ability to reach 360kph.

The petrol component is a four-stroke 1.6-litre turbo V6 that revs at 15,000 rpm and uses 87 Octane fuel.

The hybrid components generate power from the exhaust and braking and store it in a battery for use when needed. The key components are referred to as the MGU-H (Heat recovery) and MGU-K (Energy Recovery Unit or ERS).

Power Units cost in excess of $10,000,000.00 each and are not included in the cost cap. However, the number allowed each season is limited.

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Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan