New engines will “keep F1 at the pinnacle of motor sport”

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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
2015 8%
2016 23%
2017 23%
2018 35%
2019 95%
2020 95%

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.