FIA confirms 1.6-litre engines for 2013

2013 F1 season

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2006

The 2.4-litre engines used since 2006 will be scrapped

The FIA has confirmed a reduction in F1 engine capacity for 2013.

The World Motor Sport Council met today to approve the changes to the engine rules.

F1 teams have been required to use 2.4-litre V8 engines since 2006. There will be replaced by 1.6-litre, four-cylinder units.

The number of engines each driver may use per season will also be reduced.

A statement released by the FIA said:

The WMSC approved the introduction of a new specification engine from 2013, underlining the FIA?s commitment to improving sustainability and addressing the needs of the automotive industry.

Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this field, the power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 litre with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm.

The engines will deliver a 35% reduction in fuel consumption and will feature extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, while maintaining current levels of performance.

In 2013, five engines will be permitted per driver, but each year after that the limit will be four.

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108 comments on FIA confirms 1.6-litre engines for 2013

  1. CarsVsChildren said on 11th December 2010, 0:11

    @LewisC you might very well be right, however I guess the green credentials f1 are hoping to gain actually come from the use of hybrid Kers systems.

    The 1.6 l engine helps on two levels. Firstly it is likely to be lighter and smaller helping with weight distribution.

    Secondly it will provide manufacturers with a justifiable reason to go f1 racing. The majority of the worlds car makers make a 1.5-1.8l engine. It gives those with an f1 engine a huge marketing edge to be able to use the “with f1 technology” marketing tagline.

    Finally it is true that racing improves the breed. I would love to be able to purchase a RELIABLE 1.6l lightweight turbo powered sports car with 250bhp that does 5.5l/100km. F1 engine makers will be able to use what they learn in terms of reliability and fuel conservation on their road cars. F1 development of carbon fibre is far far in advance of any other use of the material. Including military, I see no reason this will be any different for engines. This is great for the environment, drivers and f1.

  2. bullcrap said on 11th December 2010, 0:34

    F1 is officially finished, each year the cars get slower, uglier and sound worse

    they might as well give the drivers go-karts to drive, they’re pretty fuel efficient and low on emmisions

    soon everyone will be watchin GP2

  3. i just wanted to voice out my personal longing to see F1 uses 3.6L V12 engines, or, if it must use twin-turbos then 1.8L V6 twinturbos with abundant torque and let the power exceed 1000bhp without traction control. interesting to see the drivers try to tame the cars…

    well just saying…

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 11th December 2010, 8:36

    I for one am really excited by this! As much as F1 is a competition of speed it’s also a measure of engineering, teamwork and getting the absolute most in the face of both mechanical and aerodynamic limitations. The FIA aren’t silly enough to purposefully reduce the spectacle…you don’t operate one of the most lucrative sports in the world by imposing limitations to the detriment of the pinnacle of motorsport. They know what they’re doing.

  5. Ronman (@ronman) said on 11th December 2010, 18:21

    Although i am a hard liner when it comes to F1 being a free for all unrestricted open wheel racing series… i have to accept the reality of things.

    the 1.6 Turbocharged I4 is the best solution. but why the rev limit? if anything is cool about F1 is the fact that they rev the engines so much they practically have their own gravity field…and 12,000rpm? will they be allowing a rotary solution if someone comes up with it? the possibilities are endless but they will surely come to nothing as Fota would have sat down and tied all the loose ends.

  6. CarsVsChildren said on 12th December 2010, 8:24

    @damonsmedley: you are a glass half empty kinda guy aren’t you.

    Same power as now, more innovation possible, and the chance for more manufacturers, and the sheep will think it’s green and get off f1s back.

    Sounds good to me.

  7. Richard said on 13th December 2010, 7:08

    This “green” engine spec is not meaningful. The cars shouldn’t be “green” F1 should be carbon neutral. Formula One should build Solar and/or Wind power at the tracks. Most tracks arent used 90% of the year. Huge open spaces with just grass or sand. If just Bahrain, Abu Dabi and Spanish GP had solar arrays they would generate enough energy to more than make up for carbon output for every race weekend.
    We must accept some engine changes so manufacturers see a technical benefit from racing. Since all auto companies are turning to turbos for emissions its reasonable. KERS as many teams said really has no technology transfer because daily driving just to slow to generate meaningful power. The rev limit reduction is just plain wrong. The high revs have become a signature for F1. The sound as well as the staggering differential to road cars enhances F1 technical prowess. A sport bike motorcycle that almost anyone can afford makes 10,000 to 12,000 rpm. It is such a devaluation of the sport. Do we want F1 drivers in 2013 saying the cars are slow for them? We want drivers to be on the limit not sunday drive compfortable

  8. Pierre3400 said on 31st December 2010, 11:10

    These rules will do one thing and one thing only for me. Remove my attention from the Sport. I have watched F1 since i was 6 years old. I have always loved the sound of the engines. But thats going to change. They have totally lost the concept of the sport.

    HUGE powerfull engines in cars that cannot handle it. I spoke to a pro race driver, he thinks this is a really great change for F1. I have spoken to my friends that watch F1. They are almost sure they wont care for the sport anymore. They watch for the sound.

    Now i watch for the sound, and the racing, but the sound plays a damn big role, i didnt buy a surround system to listen to a 4 cylinder F1. 4cylinder belong on Bikes, and they should rev at insanely high revs, like moto GP.

    In my point of view, from the spectators point of view, FIA have found their gun, pointed it down, and said hey, why not, feels great to shoot myself in the foot.

    This year was by far the best year of F1 i have seen in many many many years. I shall sit back and really enjoy the next to years of F1, from there on, i think i’ll go invent a new sport, maybe i should call it Ultra Formula. If you cant afford the it, get out. We wont change the rules and cap you budgets ever season. :P

    Oh well, was great to have F1 for this time being. Farewell..

  9. charles said on 17th March 2011, 19:49

    formula one is supposed to be about the best drivers and the fast cars on the plant i disagree with any regulations that prevent this from being the case unless it makes formula one unsafe. It was bad enough to stop things like turbos, v10 engines and other aerodynamic triumphs but this four cylinder engine rule is a step too far the pursuit of speed has suffered enough! also as far as I’m concerned formula shouldn’t give a damn about being “green” it should only be about speed, competition and racing!
    Think about how f1 legends would feel e.g. Aytron senna etc who were all about speed.

  10. ETS Mesa said on 17th March 2011, 23:52

    First off… we are talking about 24 cars. What impact will that make on the rest of the world’s consumption? Zero.

    So what’s the point? I wonder what these things are going to sound like? A weed whipper?

  11. Asker said on 30th August 2011, 8:38

    Okay i’m understand all of that. But i’m still confuse why “they” had to banned Turbochargers in 1989?

  12. billy beak said on 5th November 2012, 17:36

    500 bar was relating to fuel pressure. You would need connecting rods a foot thick and a cylinder head welded to the block to withstand those kinds of boost pressures. 500 bar sounds too high current Bosch competition systems run around 120 bar. Peak turbo boost in the 1.5 litre days was around 6 or 7 bar. Hot road cars run around 2 to 3 bar.

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