Formula 1 Will be Downgraded to 1.6 litre?


LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One’s governing body has formally approved plans to introduce a new V6 1.6 litre turbo engine from the start of the 2014 season.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Wednesday that its World Motor Sport Council had passed the new regulations in a fax vote.

The Formula One commission that groups the sport’s main stakeholders had already unanimously agreed the switch from V8 to V6 units with energy recovery systems.

The original plans had been for a 1.6 litre four cylinder hybrid turbo engine to be introduced in 2013 but that met resistance from some manufacturers.
The FIA statement did not say what the rev limit on the new engine would be.
Team technical heads met at last weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia and suggested the new engines be allowed to rev higher than previously envisaged — from around 12,000 rpm to 15,000.
Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Cosworth are the sport’s current engine makers, with each supplying three teams.

[Source: euronews/Reuters ]

The sport returned to naturally aspirated engines in 1989, with a new 3.5 litre formula. Formula One’s last turbo era ended in 1988, a season dominated by the 1.5 litre V6 Honda-powered McLaren’s of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

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