It’s official: New F1 turbo era starts in 2014
30 June, 2011
Jun.30 (GMM) As expected, the FIA has rubber stamped the revised engine rules which are set to be implemented in 2014.
The Formula 1 Commission met recently and decided to scrap the Jean Todt proposed four-cylinder rules for 2013 in favour of a turbocharged V6 formula.
“The new power plant will be a V6 1.6 turbo unit with energy recovery systems,” confirmed the FIA after a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council.
A report on F1′s official website said the new energy recovery systems, to be known as ERS rather than KERS, “are expected to be more powerful” than the current ones.
“They will ensure overall power outputs remain similar to current levels, despite an anticipated drop in the permitted rev limit,” added the report.
Auto Motor und Sport said the V-angle – 90 or 120 degrees – is yet to be specified, while the expected rev-limit will increase from the 12,000 proposed for the four-cylinders to 15,000rpm in 2014.
Formula 1’s previous turbo era ended in 1988, a season dominated by the 1.5 litre V6 Honda powered McLaren MP4-4’s of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Thereafter the sport returned to normally aspirated engines in 1989, with a new 3.5 litre formula.
Senna was the last man to win a F1 World Championship with turbo power, while Prost was the last man to win a Grand Prix (Australia 1988) with a turbo powered car.