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.”


  • Butterfly

    Guys, why don’t they just create an 1000 hp V8 turbo from scratch? What’s with all this di*king around?

  • Ronman

    well almost all manufacturers wold be interested in a 1.6t four pot, except Ferrari, but they do have Fiat engines they can evolve to F1 power outputs. BMW can use their .6 from MIni power units shared with PSA, Renault have one as well, VW group in whatever brand, even Porsche can come in with VAG 1.6T. the options are endless.

    only Ferrari don’t have an I4… and V6 would be the natural path after a V8, but it’s still going to be irrelevant in about 3 years.

    the most powerful F1 engine ever was a BMW turbocharged four pot in the 80s.

  • Stewy33

    I would suggest a V-6 Turbo diesel engine since you can achieve higher MPG with a diesel turbo than regular gas engines. Yes, Diesel engines tend to run quieter that gas engines, so lets put a massive blow off valve on the turbo to make up for it!!!

    (Vrooooom, SSPPPPHHH, Vroooooom, SSPPPHHH) got to love the blow off valve!!!

    With a Turbo Diesel engine those Audi Boys might have a second look to come to F1.

  • Stewy33

    I would suggest a V-6 Turbo diesel engine since you can achieve higher MPG with a diesel turbo than regular gas engines. Yes, Diesel engines tend to run quieter that gas engines, so lets put a massive blow off valve on the turbo to make up for it!!!

    With a Turbo Diesel engine those “4 ring Boys” might have a second look to come to F1.

  • Stewy33

    With a Turbo Diesel engine those Audi Boys might have a second look to come to F1.

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