Renault boss Frédéric Vasseur has revealed to that the French manufacturer is working on an all-new power unit for next season.

Renault struggled at the outset this year following its buy-out of Lotus at the end of 2015 and its return to the pinnacle of motor racing as a works effort.

The team has put its head down however and steadily improved its performance level although it remains at a fair distance from running competitively with the top five teams.

The outfit’s 2017 program now includes a new power unit, as Vasseur told

“We have some good improvements in the pipeline,” explained Vasseur.

“We will have a completely new engine next year. It is 100 percent new. It was the end of the development of the current one.

“We needed to do a step in order to move forward and we will do that. So far, everything is progressing and close to the expectations.”

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Vasseur also underlined the fact that the power unit’s engineering concept was an exclusive Renault design, and not based on a rival engine manufacturer’s approach.

“It is a Renault concept, I think we don’t have to stick to the others on the engine.

“We made a very good improvement over the past six to eight months and if we want to do another step we need to change a little bit the concept. I think they did it.”

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