Formula One May Downsize, Use Biofuels; Road-car Relevance Encouraged
19 May 2007
Guardian. 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.”
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