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F1 to switch to greener engines in 2013 - report

New 'greener' 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged engines to power F1 cars from 2013 – report.
An agreement has been reached which will see F1 adopt a new type of 'green' engine from 2013, it has been reported.

According to BBC Sport the proposed changes will be put to the F1 Commission this Thursday, before being rubberstamped by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council the next day.

Under the changes, it is thought the current 2.4-litre V8 will be ditched and replaced by 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engines with energy recovery systems and fuel restrictions – as has been rumoured for some time. It is hoped that the new rules will improve the efficiency of F1 engines by up to 50 per cent, although power outputs should stay the same, at around 750bhp.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone however, has already voiced his concern and has questioned if the change has been properly thought through: "We have a very good engine formula [at the moment]," he stated. "Why should we change it to something that is going to cost millions of pounds and that nobody wants and that could end up with one manufacturer getting a big advantage?"

Ferrari and Mercedes are also thought to be somewhat sceptical, although the BBC adds that a 'series of checks and balances' have been written into the new regulations to keep costs down mainly through 'resource restriction'.

It is also hoped these changes will encourage new engine manufacturers back into the sport, with Volkswagen allegedly, having been 'heavily involved' in the recent discussions which will determined the new engine rules.

No official statement has yet been released by the FIA, the governing body of the F1 World Championship.

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signups - Unregistered

December 06, 2010 12:46 PM

Yet more rule fettling in an already over-fettled series. Yawwwnnnnnn. Formula One lost its way years back when it started changing the rules for this and that and technical penalties blah blah blah. See WSBK for how to make racing close and exciting for both tv and fans.

Dario - Unregistered

December 06, 2010 3:44 PM

Silly proposal. There are already plenty of racing series that use 4 cylinder engines. People watch F1 for the crazy, insane engines, the speed and the noise that you can hear a mile away. Why shouldn't there be room for one series with a big engine and others with smaller engines. Why make F1 into F3000? We already have it. They think F1 is the end-all and be-all of racing. That they have to set some sort of an example. Well, what about flying the whole circus from Europe to Asia. The biggest fuel saving would be in keeping all races on European circuits, no? Ah, but Euro circuits don't have the deep pockets of the UAE or Asia.

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