Ferrari engine and electronics director Luca Marmorini has confirmed that the Scuderia already has 2014-specification F1 engine up and running at Maranello.
The team is the first to reveal the stage it has reached with its preparations for the season after next, when the F1 regulations change to demand 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines. The shift in technology is the first to concern powerplants since 2006, when the current 2.4-litre V8s were introduced, and is designed to turn the focus onto improved fuel efficiency and the wider use of recoverable energy systems.
Despite some talk from groups currently outside the sport - most notably Craig Pollock's PURE operation - it is likely that existing manufacturers will be at the forefront of the change, with Mercedes and Renault
set to join Ferrari
as the principal engine suppliers at the start of the new era. The Prancing Horse, which currently supplies powerplants to Sauber and Toro Rosso, is working on the future as well as engines for 2012 and 2013, and Marmorini admits that there is a lot to learn for two years hence.
"We are working on the 2012 powertrain and the rest of the season is very important - and no-one has mentioned that we need to work on the 2013 engine, which is a lot of work with a new installation," he told the official Ferrari
website, "At the same time, we have the first V6 on the dyno and that is a very interesting project.
"The 2014 regulations are extremely challenging and there are completely new F1 powertrain regulations, mostly focused on energy recovery. Our V6 is running at the moment and we are running a lot of things. It is a turbo engine, [and] we are really focused on that and interpreting the rules in the right way."
Ferrari heads to Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix
with Fernando Alonso
at the head of the 2012 world championship standings, putting extra emphasis on its work on the current V8.