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F1 engine regulation changes again

By SYF77 on 03 Jul 2011

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The teams and manufacturers have agreed to drop the controversial 'green' engine formula which was set to be introduced in 2013. The compromise will see the cars powered by 1.6 liter V6 turbocharged engines in 2014, rather than the four-cylinders proposed earlier. The plan was outlined at an F1 commission meeting held in Heathrow.

It's thought the sports stakeholders have come to a unanimous agreement, therefore securing the future of all current suppliers, including Renault, despite their interest in the four-cylinder formula. A fax vote will now take place amongst members of the FIA and World Motor Sport Council with a definite decision expected to be announced in early July. The compromise is expected to appease the opposing teams, as it offers a compromise between the two layouts. In the earlier proposal, the regulations called for the replacement of today’s 2.4 V8 motors by four-cylinder 1.6L turbocharged units, which was strongly opposed by teams such as Ferrari.

The mention of ‘1.6L V6’ brings back memories of the 1600cc 6A10 unit from Mitsubishi back in the 1990s. Although out of production now, it still holds the distinction of being the smallest modern production V6. It was rated at 138 bhp @ 7000 rpm, which is nothing to shout about when compared to say the 180 bhp Ecoboost 1.6 unit from Ford. Will the revised F1 regulation cause a resurgence of interest in production of 1.6L V6? Only time will tell.

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Mitsubishi's 6A10

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Watwheels Jul 04 2011 08:55 AM
I can only think of the Honda's 1.5L V6 turbocharged engine used during F1 in 1987~1988. In which Ayrton Senna won his first Championship with McLaren Honda in 1988.
Other dan Honda, Ferrari & Ford had their own F1 1.5L V6 turbocharged engine.
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