F1 » 'Profitable' Porsche 'can afford' F1 in its own right

The speculation swirling around a possible return to F1 competition for legendary German sportscar marque Porsche is gathering pace - and the word is, if it does come back, it will not be as merely an engine-supplier...

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October 08, 2010 2:29 PM

there is a new problem which would mean that porsche would not supply an engine. ALL the existing engine manufacturers are now pushing for a continuation of the existing v8 2.4 l engine.


October 08, 2010 3:45 PM

who are. NO decision has been made as yet. fia want 1.6 turbo, ferrari suggested 1.8 v6 ( the existing v8 with two cylinders knocked off). now the report is on f1sa.(good site for all the latest)

Mike 1 - Unregistered

October 08, 2010 4:50 PM

Believe me any company that can afford to buy the V.A.G Group could stand the heat in F1,I for one hope they do the more the merryier especialy of this quality!


October 08, 2010 4:57 PM

Hope Porsche do join F1 and commit to it rather than dabble and leave like most manufacturers. I am suprised given their history has primarily been in successfully campaigning and supporting sportscars

Have to say that like Ferrari they (Porsche) are very keen to develop carbon fibre related chassis components into their mass market products (mclaren have already pushed ahead with this on the MC12) and are also be keen to develop smaller capacity performance engines to meet EU dreaded CO2 targets.

So i suspect that if senior company people are already openly discussing the possibility of a return to F1 as a constructor then the business case is probably with Porsche and VW boards respectively and the cost benefit analysis underway. Porsche v Ferrari v Mclaren v Lotus fighting for first into Eau Rouge....starts to sound really good doesn't it!


October 08, 2010 5:14 PM

Richard is ones more correct, Porsche will not be supplying an F1 engine that is if the present engine manufacturers stick to what they are now saying regardless of what the FIA wants.
And if the FIA and the other engine manufacturers less FERRARI decides to go for a 4 cylinder 1.6l engine FERRARI will most probably out FI.
What FERRARI suggested (a 1.8l V6) is the most economically and logically the best.
The green BS is just politics to safeguard the FIA F1 position as regards engine supplies.
If it wasn't for the FIA restrictions on engine developments the present 300cc cylinder would have been developed into approx 15/20% more economically and efficiently by now by using higher injection pressure/direct injection and twin plugs alone.


October 08, 2010 6:33 PM

sunny. hae you any idea why fia will not allow twin plugs at present. after all, alfa have been using it in road cars for 20-30 years. i dont know which was the first alfa to use it.


October 08, 2010 6:59 PM

Richard, on road cars (production models) Alfa first used twin spark (plugs) in 1980 on the 75 model this they did for better performance and stricter emissions.
With today's powerful ignition systems a leaner mixture can be used (fired) when using twin plugs and the resultant combustion will produce the same power (may be better) then when firing one plug which will need a richer mixeture.

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