It’s official: New F1 turbo era starts in 2014

Winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren MP4/4 Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal , 12 June 1988.

Ayrton Senna was the last driver to win a F1 World championship driving a trubo powered car

Jun.30 (GMM) As expected, the FIA has rubber stamped the revised engine rules which are set to be implemented in 2014.

Red Bull Racing Renault engine and exhaust. Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain,  Saturday 19 February 2011.

Current V8 engines will run until the end of 2013

The Formula 1 Commission met recently and decided to scrap the Jean Todt proposed four-cylinder rules for 2013 in favour of a turbocharged V6 formula.

“The new power plant will be a V6 1.6 turbo unit with energy recovery systems,” confirmed the FIA after a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council.

A report on F1’s official website said the new energy recovery systems, to be known as ERS rather than KERS, “are expected to be more powerful” than the current ones.

“They will ensure overall power outputs remain similar to current levels, despite an anticipated drop in the permitted rev limit,” added the report.

Auto Motor und Sport said the V-angle – 90 or 120 degrees – is yet to be specified, while the expected rev-limit will increase from the 12,000 proposed for the four-cylinders to 15,000rpm in 2014.

Formula 1’s previous turbo era ended in 1988, a season dominated by the 1.5 litre V6 Honda powered McLaren MP4-4’s of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Thereafter the sport returned to normally aspirated engines in 1989, with a new 3.5 litre formula.

Senna was the last man to win a F1 World Championship with turbo power, while Prost was the last man to win a Grand Prix (Australia 1988) with a turbo powered car.

  • Ronman

    this is absurd… a 1.6 I4 with free super charging/turbo charging and high or unrestricted rev limits should have been the way.

    the amount of fuel used in Quali and the race should have been limited and teams would have had to get creative within wide set of parameters to finish the race on that amount of fuel. oh yeah and 16 or 18 in wheels should become the norm so that F1 tyres are a bit related to road tyres.

    the opportunities are endless too bad the F1 teams don’t see them

  • Bec

    “the Jean Todt proposed four-cylinder rules”

    Jean Todt and FOTA’s ‘proposed four-cylinder rules’

  • the stig

    wooooh yes the I4 was a ridiculous idea! v6 is much better . if u want to be green and wanna save the enviroment go watch tennis

  • Bec

    @the stig

    In fact fans watching Wimbledon are less green than those going to the British GP at Silverstone, because the FIA vow to off-set all the carbon from spectator travel to the Grand Prix. :)

  • Stewy33

    Alright everyone, I declare the term “4 cylinders” an official curse word(s) on this website!