Top F1 engine makers, Ferrari and Mercedes have refused to deal with Red Bull while Honda appeared keen on a deal only for its McLaren partner to veto the idea as Ron Dennis looked to defend its exclusive partnership with the Honda.
Last few weeks, the financially-struggling team Lotus’ buyout by Renault looked set to collapse, while Red Bull is on the verge of being pushed out of F1 amid four engine suppliers unwilling to work with the energy drink stable.
But the latest growing rumour is that Red Bull looks set to keep racing next year by using an unbranded Renault engine run independently of the French carmaker.
It appears Red Bull and Renault, who are officially splitting, have now agreed a separate deal whereby the team can complete its “unbranded power unit” next year with its own energy recovery expertise, with the possible support of Mario Illien and the Austrian engine specialists AVL.
The reports also notes that, while it is uncertain whether those engines would run under an alternative name—or even “with no name at all”—a “decision to commit to the idea” could be imminent.
At the tail end of the last year Red Bull recruited, engine guru Mario Illien in attempt to help Renault sports. The latest growing rumour says that, Illien’s guided Red Bull will supply their own ERS components for 2016 unbranded V6, and they will be able to develop the ICE for future.
French manufacturer has used a significant amount of tokens for season finale, experts says 6% gain on ICE, all token was used on Turbo and ICE ! 6% is about 50bhp, and also Red Bull planning a revised version of fully-upgraded 2015 Renault engine for next season (unbranded power unit.
The rumour has been strengthened by news that Red Bull will finally run the latest specification of Renault’s 2015 power unit – which could form the basis of the unbranded engine for 2016 – next weekend in Brazil.
“We will probably have the new engine version at least in one car,” Dr Helmut Marko confirmed to Speed Week.
At the same time, Renault’s plans to complete its split with Red Bull and continue in formula one next year as a ‘works team’ now appear back on track.