These news were released earlier around first quarter of 2011. I just randomly came across this today and I thought it is worth noting. During the end of the last era of Formula 1 Turbo era it was McLaren/Honda MP4/6 that absolutely dominated the Formula 1 world. I remember reading all about Aryton Senna, and Alan Prost. They were the best of the best!! The new 2013 specifications will call for 4 cylinder layout so it won’t sound as nice as the V6 of the past. However the green aspect of the new 2013 engines is interesting and I think will be excellent for the internal combustion engine evolution/development! At AKMEE Engineering Luke & I and all up for the electric revolution, but there is always something special about the sound and smell of good old high revving IC engine!! -Frank M. Lin
Formula 1 will adopt new ‘green’ engines in 2013
Formula 1 stakeholders have reached an agreement for grand prix cars to use a new type of ‘green’ engine from 2013.
The sport will switch from the current 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engines with energy recovery systems and fuel restrictions.
The move is an attempt to mirror the trend towards fuel-efficiency in road cars and to popularise it, increasing public demand for such engines.
The new rules could be confirmed by governing body the FIA on 10 December.
Mercedes and Ferrari had been reluctant to agree to the move as recently as a month ago, believing that it was an unnecessary expense at a time when F1 was trying to reduce costs.
But a spokesman for Ferrari told BBC Sport the rules had been agreed and he would be “surprised” if it was not announced by the world council.
He admitted Ferrari had concerns about the move on cost grounds but added: “An agreement is there, and when there is an agreement you work accordingly.”
A high-level source involved in the talks said it was “most likely” that the FIA would announce the move on Friday.
The aim is for the new rules to improve the efficiency of F1 engines by as much as 50%.
Care has been taken to ensure the performance of cars will not be affected and total power outputs will remain at current levels – approximately 750bhp.
By adopting the regulations, F1 hopes to widen its appeal to sponsors – commercial insiders say some companies are reluctant to get involved in F1 because of its image of being wasteful with resources.
The agreement to change the regulations from the 2.4-litre normally aspirated V8s used in F1 since 2006 comes after months of protracted negotiations and it had looked as if the switch might have to be delayed until at least 2014, or perhaps until as long as 2017.
F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone has been firmly opposed to the rule change.
He told BBC Sport: “We have a very good engine formula. 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?”
But the change has been agreed in a series of recent meetings between F1’s current engine manufacturers – which also include Renault and private company Cosworth – and the final touches were put to the regulations by a steering group of F1 engineers on Thursday.
It is understood that a series of checks and balances have been written into the regulations to keep costs down and to ensure it should be impossible for one manufacturer to steal a march on the others in terms of performance.
This will primarily be done through resource restriction – such as limiting the amount of people or time that can be devoted to a project.
German car giant Volkswagen has also been heavily involved in the discussions and has privately indicated to F1 insiders that the only way it would consider entering F1 would be if the sport adopted these new rules.
However, sources say VW is giving conflicting messages about whether it will commit to an F1 engine project. If it did enter the sport, it is expected to use its Audi brand.
BBC Sport has been told the regulations will go before the F1 Commission – a group of stakeholders that agrees all rule changes – on Thursday 9 December before being rubber-stamped by the World Council the following day.
The move is a triumph for both F1 teams’ organisation Fota and FIA president Jean Todt, both of whom have made increasing the future sustainability of F1 a key aim.
Leading figures in F1 hope that the adoption of the new rules will insulate the sport from charges of wastefulness at a time when supplies of fossil fuels are diminishing and there is pressure for the world to cut its production of greenhouse gases.
The aim is that by associating these energy-saving, fuel-efficient technologies with a glamorous and popular sport, they will become desirable in road cars, where their use is already increasing dramatically.
About 600bhp of the 750bhp produced by the engines will come from the four-cylinder single-turbo engine itself, with the rest being provided by energy storage and power-boost systems.
These systems – known as Kers – were first used in F1 in 2009 before being abandoned for 2010 and are being reintroduced next season.
For 2013, the power capacity of the Kers systems will be increased from 60kw to 120kw.
Fuel consumption will be restricted both by limiting fuel flow and introducing a maximum capacity for races.
The new engines will not do more than 10,000 revs per minute – current F1 engines spin at 18,000rpm.
In subsequent years, complex new turbocharging technology called compounding will be introduced to further enhance efficiency.
The regulations have been framed to encourage the pursuit of efficiency in engine design, dramatically increasing the amount of power that can be produced per litre of fuel burnt.
Those lessons in efficiency can then be transferred to road cars so that considerably less fuel is used for a given amount of performance.
The FIA was unavailable for comment.
Pollock to return to F1 as engine supplier
|By Jonathan Noble and Simon Strang||May 4th 2011, 21:34|
Former BAR team principal Craig Pollock is to return to Formula 1 in 2013 as the head of a new customer engine supply company.
Pollock has launched PURE, which stands for Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d’Energie, to provide teams with power-units that comply with the new 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine regulations that come into force that year.
A quick flash from the world of Formula One: a new company will be supplying engines to any interested teams starting in 2013. And by a new company, we don’t just mean new to the sport—we mean an entirely new entity.
The new engine maker goes by the name of PURE (which stands for “Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d’Energie”), and will include amongst its numbers such old racing hands as ex-British American Racing team principal Craig Pollock and Christian Contzen, former managing director of Renault’s F1 team. That the company’s first engines will make their way onto the track in two years isn’t by happenstance; they’re timing their arrival to coincide with the implementation of the new regulations requiring all F1 cars to run 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder motors starting that year.
According to Pollock, his new company’s small size should allow them to work more efficiently, thus producing engines at a lower cost than Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth. We’re still a little ambivalent about F1’s decision to move to turbo fours, but maybe a little additional competition in the engine-making arena will make things more interesting. [via Autosport]