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F1 specifies 4-cylinder 1.6L engines from 2013; energy recovery systems, high-pressure injection and energy management

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has approved the introduction of a new specification engine for Formula One racing from 2013, underlining the FIA’s stated 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 liter with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar (7,252 psi) with a maximum of 12,000 rpm.

Current units are 2.4L V8s, with a maximum of 18,000 rpm. The downsized 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.

The WMSC also made several amendments to the 2012 Technical Regulations, including the inclusion of fuel compounds produced from biomass.



It will be interesting to see how F1's application of 500 bar injection technology trickles down and benefits road vehicles.


Now if you combine multiair with the direct injection and turbo, light chassis and simple aero, you've really got something worthy of use in F1.

Henry Gibson

In case all the F1 mechanics do not know about cryo- treatment of engines, I now mention it here. Perhaps they could also consider the Coates limited rotating valves if they are not against the rules. Energy recovery is interesting and useful; perhaps it will come to a car near you.

Perhaps they should try the Artemis hydraulic hybrid technology. ..HG..

Henry Gibson

Oh yes there are also turbines being made?? No crankshafts are needed anymore. It is very nice to see all of these experiments, but what about the steam car produced by DLM. ..HG..

Trevor Carlson

So basically, what they learn from F1 will help the auto industry increase the specific power and therefore efficiency of smaller I4 engines. I'm assuming without a turbo, someone correct me if that's wrong. Whatever they develop should easily trickle down to engines that could be turbocharged, achieving great power profiles over a wider range of RPMs.

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