F1 » Parr: New engines will be good for F1


Williams chairman Adam Parr comments on the reasons why an engine change in 2013 will be good for F1

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Bryan G - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 7:35 PM

Anybody thinking that this new formula 1 engine is going to be cheap is in for a big surprise.The KERS will be extremely expensive by itself,turbo system developments is also expensive whether it is for boost or even more so for a turbo compound system.Integrating all this around a new 4 cylinder engine whose development costs will be little,if any ,smaller than a v8 will also cost huge sums.
Cheap engine? bigger capacity V8, stroke limited to keep the revs down,would not need exotic materials or expensive valve gear.javascript:insertTextCursor('comment', ':)')

Nuevo - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 7:55 PM

Simply no on teeny weeny engines...may as well run Golfs..There are many other ways to decrease pollution than changing an engine formula of 1 series of racing.
V10s were great, V8s are ok, but no, no Prius's in the field please. Besides, none of the major mftr's sell anything that they are proposing, so they stand to gain nothing aside from spending more and more money.

CJD

April 19, 2011 8:12 PM
Last Edited 1226 days ago

finally they will have to use fia's world engine (1.6l turbo)this year already used in WTCC and WRC

those to series even have almost the same homologation rules so one manufacturer easly can use his cars (parts of the cars - eg driveshaft..) in the other series

FIA defenitly wants this engine also used in F1 (this is really rediculus!!) powered up maybe through twin instead of single turbo and naturally with a strong kers system.

.... not good for F1

greetings

tom - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 8:29 PM

So you guys, if the power was as per the V10 days and sounded the same then you would all be happy? ie, if it was actually a V6 underneath with KERS and a speaker system so it all sounded like a V10 with same power? Seems a bit naff to be only bothered by the sound rather than the overall power - like the kids with sh*tty Corsas and sport exhausts.

Is it the sound of the galloping horseshoes you want or do you want F1 to get faster? Cos I can tell you if in 10yrs time we're still racing at the same speeds with the same plateau'd combustion engines - while other formulas are going faster and innovating with higher hp electric powertrains - then you'll be on your own sat with tweed caps watching the vintage racing. And all the Werther originals in the world won't entice the next generation of engineers to watch a sport based on nostagia instead of the building the impossible, the never seen before. Bullet trains not Mallards please.

Magician - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 9:23 PM

There are so many aspects to, and different ways of looking at, this subject. F1 is supposed to be cutting edge. V8's are as old as the hills. I love the sound of a big multi-cylinder engine too, and there are plenty of other series for those, but I remember the turbo's of the 1980's, they were spectacular. Indianapolis ran for years on alcohol burning 4 cylinder turbo charged offenhauser engines, don't remember the V8 loving Americans worrying too much about it. The engine as Parr describes it sounds a fantastic thing, fantastically complicated too, and very contrived. I don't really get the environment argument either. If you are that concerned about it, run the V8's on alcohol. I also worry why he threw in the last comment about the racing will be as good or better. Eh ? How on earth does he know that ?

tom - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 9:40 PM

This thing about all the gas used to move the F1 circus around the world being many times more than is saved by green races is often repeated around the web. That is certainly true, but it (intentionally?) misrepresents the argument that is made. F1 exists for spectacle and also to advance technology, over the years roadcars have benefitted and if these new regulations stimulate new ideas which lead to even 1% better efficiency for our billion cars then that will dwarf the gas used by the F1 shipping.

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

April 19, 2011 9:45 PM

To read between the lines... Williams has a deal with an engine designer that is making crap engines... we are destined to lose... the only chance we have of winning is if everyone has to use a new engine and our supplier has been working on a 4 banger for quite a while... therefore we believe that Williams will have an advantage with the engine change....

Sadly, I don't think it will matter Williams is quickly becoming the next Minardi.

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