Car Tech: Formula 1 to lead hybrid revolution says F1 head

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner exclusively tells T3 how future car technologies will be led by the hybrid and fuel-efficient tech set to be introduced to the high octane sport that is F1

Formula 1 is to help push pioneering hybrid car technologies into the mainstream automotive industry helping make production cars more efficient, Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has claimed.

With F1 acting as the proving ground for car tech throughout the years, Horner believes the sport’s move to greener, fuel-efficient V6 powered race cars in 2014 will further push the movement into hybrid road-faring vehicles.

“I think the hybrid technology is going to be a test bed and showcase for F1 so that’s an obvious area that our partners Renault and Infinity are looking to derive a real benefit from,” the Formula 1 team manager said in an exclusive interview with T3.

“F1 is the pinnacle of technology and I think the battery development, the hybrid development that’s going on in F1 at the moment can only benefit the automotive sector in terms of the prototype technology that we’re pioneering.”

Whilst Horner believes that technologies introduced to Formula 1 should aid future production cars, he insists this should not be the sole reason for their inclusion or take anything away from the close, competitive nature of F1.

“There’s got to be a balance as F1 has got to be a great show,” the Red Bull racing head said. “That’s what the fans want to see, man and machine at the limit, racing wheel to wheel. Technology plays a part but I don’t think it should be the domineering part.”

What other technologies would you like to see make the jump to mainstream motors, KERS, increased safety shells? Let us know via the comments box below...
 

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now