Turbo rules devised to entice Audi into F1
28 June, 2011
Jun.28 (PVM) Formula 1 was heading down the 4 cylinder turbo engine route to accommodate Audi’s interest in entering the sport at the highest level, in all probability with Red Bull.
This is the revelation of Business F1 website who quote Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey saying, “The first decision of the technical group working was to introduce a turbocharged four-cylinder engine formula for 2013. The main cause behind this decision was Audi. They said they would join the sport if there was a four-cylinder turbo option. Everyone agreed to bring Audi into the fold. They finally decided not to get involved, thank you very much and we end up stuck with the four cylinder turbo.”
Taking up a great deal of column inches in the past several months has been the talk about the Formula 1 engine configuration for 2014 with FIA president Jean Todt lobbying for the smaller units, while F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone fought tooth and nail against Todt’s proposal.
Newey’s revelations are interesting because it is no secret that the Red Bull team having been courting Audi as their contract with Renault for engines expires in 2013, but the the Ingolstadt manufacturer opted to remain outside of F1.
Recently it was announced that the new engine would be a V6 turbo 1.6 litre unit, which Newey believes is the better option, “From an engineering standpoint four-cylinder turbo is not a good engine. You must leave space around it and you cannot integrate it fully. A V6 racing engine is much easier to implement.”
The final piece in the 2014 engine rules puzzle is to what range the V6 turbo engines will be allowed to rev, with race organisers calling for at least 18,000 rpm claiming that the noise is waht the F1 brand is all about.
Newey predicts, “The revolutions per minute are always under discussion but it seems that it will probably be between 14,000 and 16,000 rpm.”