Video: How Tiny Formula 1 Engines Make 1000 HP

The power units in Formula 1 are capable of producing 1,000 horsepower! That’s all thanks to a 1.6L 90ยบ V6 engine paired with two electric motors, an MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic) and an MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit – Heat). How does such a tiny engine make so much power? The key comes down to efficiency, turbocharging, high RPM limits, and electric assist. This video explores the layout of current Formula 1 power units, how the rules ultimately limit power through fuel flow caps, how these engines are capable of achieving extraordinary efficiencies (for combustion engines), and how much boost the turbochargers are making.