F1 » Engine cost fears continue to haunt F1 ahead of 2014

The advent of turbo-charged V6s may be seen as a step forward for F1, but what if it is a step too far for more than half the field?

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oldtimer - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 4:30 PM

It's a bit late to start worrying about the cost, I thought they wanted to show green credentials and it won't make a jot of difference to the racing especially if we still have the current tyres.

Bryan G - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 5:32 PM

Last year there was a considerable debate on a Crash.Net forum after I raised the point that these engines were going to be a great deal more expensive than the present powerplants. I said it was the wrong time to change engines when costs were to be cut.A large group - led by a poster named Richard came to the conclusion that I was completely wrong about this - do they still think the same?

prof-x - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 6:36 PM

I can't believe how many people think Turbo's are going to be that much greener. It's an appeal to the masses, if people think it has lower displacement or 2 fewer cylinders it will consume less fuel, this is not the case. It's just going to cost more and provide less power (less fuel.) and sound like crap.

It's like KERS, penalize people who wouldn't use the technology so it's only feasible to run KERS. "Here carry extra weight if you don't agree with our stupid regulations which only slow down the sport." Lolz.

Bryan G - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 11:42 PM

Quite apart from the initial cost these powerplants are much more complex than the present engines. Turbo and intercooler systems, two motor/generator systems and far larger electrical storage systems - controlling that lot will be a nightmare. Turbo systems produce large amounts of heat,complex electrical systems do not like heat so I think that reliability will be a problem. The actual engine will probably be reliable but all the junk and control systems hung on the outside will cause problems - the first few races should be interesting.

rob01 - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 1:34 AM

its the FIA that writes the rules. they also have the vision of a Universal 1.6 turbo. they govern motor sports around the world. see where this its going?

prof-x - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 8:40 AM

yup, they have a strong influence with the tracks as well, which would make it prohibitive for a faster formula to upstage F1. I wonder what they are going to do about GP2, give them slower tires?

caroline - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 9:52 AM

Now if only the teams had more sponsorship income from better TV exposure, then they could afford the higher initial cost of the new engines ... But apart from Marussia they all scurried after the few pieces of silver thrown at their feet from Sky, and now they have to live with their decision.

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