Skip to comments.Formula One May Downsize, Use Biofuels; Road-car Relevance Encouraged
Posted on 05/21/2007 9:37:38 AM PDT by Red Badger
. FIA president Max Mosley is proposing engine and fuel changes to Formula One as part of a "green revolution" for 2011.
Under proposals which were recently sent to all car manufacturers involved in the sport 2.2-liter turbocharged V-6s running on biofuel and developing around 770 horsepower would replace the current 2.4-liter V-8 engines that develop around 100 hp more.
Maximum revs would be restricted to 10,000rpm, down from 19,000rpm, which would make the new generation of cars much quieter than the current machines. Each engine would run five grands prix between routine changes, rather than two races under the current rules, and the cars would be fitted with traction control, four-wheel drive and have a power-boost facility that could be deployed by the driver to enhance overtaking opportunities.
We are in active discussions with the major manufacturers to ensure that, in future, research and development relevant only to formula one will be discouraged, whereas that which has relevance to road-car development will be encouraged, said Mosley. We understand that such an approach has broad support from the competing manufacturers and we will work closely with them to ensure that, in particular, the new environmentally relevant technologies that many of them are developing are made our priority.
Why not just round up a bunch of ‘78 Chevy Cavaliers...???
VW Diesel Rabbits...???
Picture this: multi-colored mini-Coopers bumping and grinding around Bristol...
‘78 Cavalier? Uh, Cav’s came out in ‘82 - you were mebbe reaching for Chevette? :-)
Or the Vega ?
any F1 fans out there???
anyone see the new, very expensive Honda “earth” livery’s (cars) which can’t beat the old models???
btw: “Formula One may downsize”....that’s why they are going from 17 races per season to 20....fine by me :)
They did switch to unleaded gas this year.
Expect it to be banned.
NASCAR is already there, using unleaded gas for goodness sakes! ;^)
Is V8 the engine size or the fuel that it needs?
How can all those muslims play basketball/football with a pig hide?.............
As a 15 year fan of F1, I am excited to hear that turbos, AWD, and a driver-activated ‘boost’ will be allowed. As for the “green” origins of this change...I don’t care. Anyone who has done even the slightest amount of INDIVIDUAL* research probably already knows that climate change is due to solar action and not human-caused CO2 output.
Although not always successful, the FIA has always tried to make the sport more exciting to watch. The Schumacher era is over. It’s the perfect oppertunity to let racres race.
*As opposed to letting AlGore or the EU tell you how to think.
LOL!!!...WoW! I coulda hada v8!.........
PC Bio-fuels ping!......
The NextelCup Electric Vehicle Race coming soon to a track near you!.................
Hey, the current flying mile LSR at Bonneville is 245.523 mph for an electric car.
It used a LOT of nasty un-PC Ni-Cad cells.
BTW, the driver, Pat Rummerfield, was a quadrapeligic in early adulthood.
Now if they can just get it to do that 200 times in a oval........
Pit stop every lap or two to change the battery string. Sure thing. LOL
Huge fan here, been watching for 15 plus years. I’m on the fence concerning this. I like the newest technology that F1 showcases year after year, but I’m afraid that unless more teams with money get involved NOW, they won’t be able to compete with Ferrari and McLaren/Mercedes and to a lesser extent, Renault and BMW. The learning curve is HUGE in this sport, and with the technology being as hi-tech as it is, I think this move is phasing out current (and pre-phasing out future) teams that could compete (or at least participate) with a more basic platform. (N/A, rear wheel drive, etc.) And the best thing about F1 IS THE NOISE!!!!!!!!!!! 19K revs is heavenly IMHO. Miss the V-12’s and V-10’s.
Won’t happen...and you and I both know it. F-1 is, and always has been the exotic RACE car, and always will be. I can see going to turbo v-6s, but no way in hell they go to AWD. Wanna watch the best AWD machines and drivers in the world, go to a WRC event.
Not a bad idea - it will help save money, gas and the environment.
Pintos, for the spectacular fireball effects!
Sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Won’t happen? I dunno, we’ll have to see. Remember the 6-wheeled tyrells?
The WRC? I’ve been downloading for the last 1.5 years since SpeedTV left fans of REAL driving without a channel to see it on. Eurosport coverage is EXCELLENT.
FWIW, I am a former rallyist (although NOT anywhere near the WRC level).
agree...never mind letting the car go to 20K revs as in Brazil last year....
the money aspect is never going away...the only hope is a car giant from America like GM jumping into the mix...
But the Post Office loved these cars.
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