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autoviva2010-09-07 12:36:14

Turbo and ground effect to make their return to F1

Turbo and ground effect to make their return to F1

With Formula 1 teams finishing discussing the all-new regulations for the 2013 season, seems like the ground effect cars and turbo engines will be making its return to the tracks, which were used in the early 1980’s.

Severeal Working Groups have been created in order to discuss and generate a consensus in order to improve the spectacle of F1 and to reduce its pollution footprint.

In terms of the engines powering the F1s, plans circulating among teams point to the intention of 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engines to become standard.

Expected to produce around 650 hp these power units will be equipped with several energy recovery systems. Also part of the plans is the possibility of limiting the number of engines per season to just five per driver.

In order to cut its’ pollution footprint and costs, F1 is also considering to create a fuel flow rate limit, which would ensure engines to be more economical.

According to Williams technical director Sam Michael "Rather than dump as much fuel in as we can at the moment, there will be a fuel flow metre - so you won't be able to blow more than a certain amount of fuel. It is a good chunk less than we had at the moment."

As for the chassis front, FIA has been working closely with Williams co-owner Patrick Head and former Ferrari designer Rory Byrne in order to head up concepts for new car rules.

All teams have been agreeing that cars should see their capacity to overtake improved, with ground effect being actively considered.

"They are talking about putting a greater proportion of down force to the diffuser, a ground effect car - like the early 1980's," added Michael. "They have been looking at that, as well as increasing crash protection at the front of the car by moving the sidepods further forwards."




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