Debate: 2.2-litre V6 turbos for F1?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, Honda, Barcelona, 2007A turbo F1 car with a 2.2-litre V6 engine running on bio-ethanol, limited to 10,000 rpm and 770hp with traction control, four wheel drive and 13 seconds of power boost per lap.

Does this sound like a realistic vision of the future of F1 to you?

This is what FIA President Max Mosley has cooked up in an attempt to introduce more environmentally friendly and road-relevant technologies to Formula 1.

It raises a hell of a lot of questions.

Like, are they really going to bow to public pressure and ban traction control next year, only to reintroduce it three seasons later?

Max Mosley, FIA Gala, 2006Is there any point in trying to make an inherently un-green sport more environmentally friendly?

Will the proposed measures to do anything to address the dearth of overtaking in Formula 1?

Will the smaller teams like Spyker and Williams be able to cope with the enormous costs of such a wholesale change in the regulations?

Could it even scare some of the under-performing manufacturers (Toyota, Honda) away? Or might it attract the likes of Volkswagen that are clear targets for Mosley?

And lastly, is it right for the governing body to try to mandate technological progress in the sport. Or should the designers be given a smaller rule book and a freer rein to express their engineering talents?

The next battle for the future of F1 starts here.

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