Small turbo F1 engines to be reality for 2013
4 June, 2011
Jun.4 (PVM) The Jean Todt proposed 1.6 litre four cylinder turbo engine is set to become part of the regulations for the 2013 season subject to a vote by the WMSC to take place by 30 June.
After the World Motor Sport Council took place in Barcelona it was announced that: “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 new engine formula has been roundly criticised by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone who has a led a high profile lobby against the downsizing of power units. He said, “I’m anti, anti, anti, anti moving into this small turbo four formula. We don’t need it and if it’s so important it’s the sort of thing that should be in saloon car racing.”
“The rest of it is basically PR — it’s nothing in the world to do with formula one. These changes are going to be terribly costly to the sport. I’m sure the promoters will lose a big audience and I’m quite sure we’ll lose TV,” he added.
Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo whose company builds big powerful exotic supercars told Auto Motor und Sport: “We must not lose the DNA of formula one. What’s next is one cylinder — we’re not building motorcycles. The real challenge is to make an eight or 12-cylinder engine economical.”
But in April Todt revealed, “Funny. All the teams voted for the new engine last year — even Ferrari.”
Thus the technical regulations approved for 2013 are:
- 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, with extensive energy management and energy recovery systems (now known as ERS), reflecting the decision taken by the WMSC in December 2010
- The aerodynamic regulations have been 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 height of the tip of the nose will be limited to ensure better compatibility in a T-bone style accident
- A limitation on transmissions (gear ratios, number of gearboxes) in order to decrease costs
- The overall weight of the car must be no less than 660kg