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.