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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Report: New engine rules for 2013

The BBC's Andrew Benson reports F1's major players have reached an agreement on new engine rules for 2013 in an attempt to become "greener." Mercedes and Ferrari had concerns over cost, but sources say everyone is on board. It is believed an FIA announcement is pending.

July 08, 2010 - Northampton, England, United Kingdom - The Cosworth Factory in Northampton...Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Preparations.

The BBC breaks down the major points:

  • 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbos with energy recovery and fuel restrictions to replace current 2.4-litre normally aspirated V8s
  • Fuel efficiency to increase by a target of 50%
  • Overall power to remain same at approx 750bhp
  • Checks and balances to ensure costs are contained and performance across all engines remains comparable
  • Plan for advanced 'compound' turbos to be introduced in subsequent years
  • Power of Kers energy recovery systems to increase from 60kw in 2011 to 120kw in 2013

YEONGAM GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 24: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is seen in the paddock before the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 24, 2010 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

One man on the record in opposition to a rule change is Bernie Ecclestone.

"We have a very good engine formula. Why should we change it to something that is going to cost millions of pounds and that nobody wants and that could end up with one manufacturer getting a big advantage?" - Ecclestone to the BBC

It should be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ferrari agreed to a four? They must be certain it'll never fly.

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