Formula One’s overhaul of its engine regulations next year will ensure it remains the world’s leading form of motor sport.
That’s the view of the FIA’s head of powertrain Fabrice Lom. He who told their quarterly publication Auto: “The aim of the new regulations is to keep F1 at the pinnacle of motor sport – but to do so mindful of the era in a which we operate.”
“Yesterday the sole aim of transportation was to travel from A to B as swiftly as possible,” Lom explained. “Today the technology is such that anyone can go fast – but they do so knowing resources are not unlimited and must be used with care.”
F1 engines will be downsized from 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre V6s next year. However the new units will have their power boosted by turbos and up-rated energy recovery systems.
The new power plants are expected to produce 600bhp with a further 150bhp coming from ERS, giving them at least as much power as the current V8s.
The FIA intends to allow some development of the engines from year to year but will introduce an escalating engine freeze to prevent costs spiralling out of control. Here’s how much of the engine specification (by weight) will be ‘frozen’ each year:
|Year||Extent of freeze|