The engine is not inset into the rear face of the tub. The air intakes, battery and fuel tank are directly behind the tub and the PU's are set back a bit. The Renault might sit further forward then the Honda due to the turbo layout but putting a split turbine PU into the rb14 should not be a problem if it is done at the start of the year.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:54 amNot so. The front of the engine is usually inset in to the rear face of the tub. Each engine will require a different tub for a start. You could make an adaptor but that will increase the unit's over all length. That then requires different bodywork and a different floor. Changes in length also affect aero.
I will repeat that I never once said that a switch mid season would occur. My suggestion was that the RB14 at the first preseason test might be setup to take the Honda PU if the Renault was a hand grenade and the Honda proved fast and reliable in the STR13. Red Bull and Renault's relationship is at a dead end and this sort of planning should be taken into account.