Another turbo V6 engine era for Formula 1
22 June, 2011
Jun.22 (GMM) Formula 1 has taken another step towards overturning the scheduled 2013 engine rules and instead the F1 Commission is set to propose V6 turbo engines for 2014 onwards.
We reported on Sunday that Bernie Ecclestone summoned a meeting of the F1 Commission to take place at Heathrow airport today (Wednesday).
On the agenda was the formal scuttling of the proposed 4-cylinder regulations proposed by FIA president Jean Todt, because F1 chief executive Ecclestone as well as engine makers Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth were opposed to the Frenchman’s proposed engine formula.
Furthermore, Ecclestone is arguing that Todt improperly introduced the 4-cylinder rules without first going to the F1 Commission, and the whisper on Wednesday is that the body has now “unanimously” rubber-stamped an alternative.
Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary revealed on that F1 will stick with its current V8 engines through 2013 and then switch in 2014 to a new turbo 1.6 litre V6 formula.
“Unconfirmed as yet,” he clarified.
The Times’ Kevin Eason agreed: “A whiff of compromise. Fascinating engine configuration though.”
Cary said the new rules will be voted on via fax by the World Motor Sport Council on Monday.
The first F1 “Turbo Era” started when Renault entered the last five races of 1977 with Jean-Pierre Jabouille in its only car. After a period of laughable reliability, the French manufacturer soon became a major player as turbo power started becoming unbeatable.
Soon BMW, Ferrari, TAG, Ford, Alfa Romeo and numerous others were building some of the most exotic car engines ever seen. The power range was anything between 390 hp (290 kW) to 500 hp (370 kW), turbos 500 hp (370 kW) to 900 hp (670 kW) in race, in qualifying up to 1,500 hp (1,120 kW)!
In 1989 the turbo engine formula was put to rest, at a time when the top units were producing four digit horsepower figures, and thus ended an era where F1 experienced the most powerful engines since the world championship began in 1950.