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FIA could postpone 2013 F1 engine rules

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Cosworth CA2010 engine
Cosworth CA2010 engine

The FIA may delay the introduce of four-cylinder 1.6-litre engines in F1, the World Motor Sport Council confirmed today.

A statement issued by the FIA said: “In consultation with the main stakeholders, and following the outcome of this consultation, a fax vote by the WMSC could be considered by 30 June latest to redefine the implementation date of these technical regulations”.

The WMSC confirmed the planned rules changes for 2013 included the new engines, with “high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm, with extensive energy management and energy recovery systems (now known as ERS)”.

It also promised revised aerodynamic rules “based on 2011 rules, with modifications in order to improve the aerodynamic efficiency: together with the power train rules, this will enable a 35% reduction in fuel consumption”.

The heights of the cars’ noses will be altered for safety purposes and the number of transmission units teams may used will be further reduced to cut costs.

The minimum weight of the cars will be increased from 640kg to 660kg.

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  1. There’s no doubt that the turbo engines will be much torquier than the V8s. Peak power isn’t everything.

  2. i dont mind 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine but please someone explain why its limited to 12000 rpm.. thats ridiculous!!!! they better make that thing sound good!!, i could hit 10000 rpm in a slightly modded skyline!!!!

    1. Doesn’t your Skyline sound good doing close to 10k rpm? I’m also thinking of all those supercars that do less than 12k rpm too, and sound marvelous at it

      1. Most of those have more than 4 cylinders.

        Think of a 650 bhp Mitsubishi EVO that can rev to 12,000 rpm, and you won’t be far off with how the new F1 turbo engines will sound.

        An I3 engine would actually sound better than I4.

        1. PLEASE lets not fixate on the sound, it’s an irrelevant distraction, pushrod V8s sound great but if you have identical engines, even if built by different manufacturers you have sacrificed most of the team interest, F1 came from Formula Libre ,that is Formula Free ( think Auto Union V16 Supercharged rear-engined ) F1 was made more affordable and safer by limiting engine size but not format ( think Ferrari 1500cc V12, BRM 1500cc flat8 ) great racing but the emphasis on lightness was to dangerous. Slowly but surely the cars have been standardised and a lot of interest in the technical aspect of the cars has been lost,all we are left with is aerodynamics, you don’t know what you are missing but one day someone else will bring it back and F1 will change or die.

  3. This is purely my humble oppinion, but i think small capacity turbo engines with low end torque and no traction control would be brilliant to watch, i also think that too much emphisis is placed on aerodynamic effect and maybe more should be placed on mechanical grip this would maybe then increase overtaking and make f1 more interesting to watch. Im sure that if we let f1 engineers do there very best to make a fast car they could create something that would be stunningly fast but would this then become more of time attack car becouse of the relince of aero effect and less overtaking being done. I think that f1 would be more interesting to watch with more overtaking, rallying is a good example of how motorsport has become to refined, would you rather watch a group b audi/t16 peugeot mk2 escort in full attack with its ass hanging out or a modern rally car? sure the new rally cars do faster stage times but who cares? i dont. Maybe looking at what has made f1 amazing in the past would make it even more amazing in the future. My point is that f1 cars dont have to be mega powerd superlight with huge amounts of aero effect with astonishing lap times to make f1 good, overtaking/racing is good.

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