Small turbo F1 engines to be reality for 2013

FIA Logo. Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday 4 June 2009.

Jun.4 (PVM) The Jean Todt proposed 1.6 litre four cylinder turbo engine is set to become part of the regulations for the 2013 season subject to a vote by the WMSC to take place by 30 June.

After the World Motor Sport Council took place in Barcelona it was announced that: “In consultation with the main stakeholders, and following the outcome of this consultation, a fax vote by the WMSC could be considered by 30 June latest to redefine the implementation date of these technical regulations.”

Bernie Ecclestone with FIA President Jean Todt in Istanbul

Bernie Ecclestone with FIA President Jean Todt in Istanbul

The new engine formula has been roundly criticised by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone who has a led a high profile lobby against the downsizing of power units. He said, “I’m anti, anti, anti, anti moving into this small turbo four formula. We don’t need it and if it’s so important it’s the sort of thing that should be in saloon car racing.”

“The rest of it is basically PR — it’s nothing in the world to do with formula one. These changes are going to be terribly costly to the sport. I’m sure the promoters will lose a big audience and I’m quite sure we’ll lose TV,” he added.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo whose company builds big powerful exotic supercars told Auto Motor und Sport: “We must not lose the DNA of formula one. What’s next is one cylinder — we’re not building motorcycles. The real challenge is to make an eight or 12-cylinder engine economical.”

But in April Todt revealed, “Funny. All the teams voted for the new engine last year — even Ferrari.”

Ferrari V12 engine

Thus the technical regulations approved for 2013 are:

- Power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 litre with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm, with extensive energy management and energy recovery systems (now known as ERS), reflecting the decision taken by the WMSC in December 2010
- The aerodynamic regulations have been based on 2011 rules, with modifications in order to improve the aerodynamic efficiency: together with the power train rules, this will enable a 35% reduction in fuel consumption
- The height of the tip of the nose will be limited to ensure better compatibility in a T-bone style accident
- A limitation on transmissions (gear ratios, number of gearboxes) in order to decrease costs
- The overall weight of the car must be no less than 660kg

  • Infallible

    Jean Idiot Todt, why dont u just die???

    You are killing the sport and it is very depressing..

  • Butterfly

    So the engine constructors will spend about 100m EUR on the engine and some more on the new aero kits for 2013 just to reduce fuel consumption by 30%, at the same time fighting to reduce costs.

    What a load of BS.

  • SlickSpace

    The way they are going is damaging formula 1, where is the spirit of the most powerfull sport? Kill F1 keep GP2 it is more entertaining curently!

  • Barlow

    Hey, actually I like this, I could get an engine like this in my Honda civic. Who needs F1.

  • stewy33

    I would like each F1 engine manufacture to post how much money they will need on reserach, developement, and testing to make a 4 cyclinder turbo engine for next year.

  • Ronman

    I don’t think the problem is with the 4-cylinder turbo engine, the problem is with the limitations the FIA is planning to put. if they regulate a 1.6 Liter charge i-4 with either Turbo or Supercharger or both, with KERS, and no limit on the RPM, all while having a certain amount of fuel to run a race, then we will be able to get somewhere worth talking about. it would be the ultimate Formula, Formula 1, but on a limited amout of fuel.

    as a consequence, and F1 being the Queen of Motorsport all the other open wheel formulas should downsize accordingly. downsize GP2, and turn the new GP3 (i think that’s what they are calling it) to an electric formula…

    what/’s the point of bringing down fuel efficiency in F1, if GP2 still uses the same amount…orea

  • Ronman

    one more thing, the 1.6 fours could be used in many other disciplines with limitations, and even be derived or implemented in some road cars. think about it… a C-Class Merc using a roadified version of the same engine Rosberg Runs in his F1…if anything the neww formula would be a hit, just drop the rev limits and restrictions.

  • Deniz

    just because ferrari cannot build competitive turbo engines, they are butchering a new era for the king of motorsports. ferrari is the main virus of f1.