Ferrari are planning a total overhaul of their struggling power-unit in time for the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season, according to Motorsport.com.
The Scuderia and their customer teams endured a difficult campaign last year, with many observers suspecting that their engine was lacking power following the agreement that the team came to with the FIA regarding their power-unit following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
In response, Ferrari have spent this off-season working on upgrades as they seek to bounce back from a sixth-place finish in the constructors’ championship and reportedly have even grander plans ahead of 2022 when the sport’s new technical regulations are introduced.
Motorsport.com state that they want to create an “innovative” new engine that could prove a “game-changer”.
Potential changes include separating the compressor from the turbo, a practice used by both Mercedes and Honda.
However, where they could differ from their two rivals is by placing the compressor inside the intake box and developing an “all-new arrangement for the intercooler”.
The report states that a change could bring both performance gains on both the power and aerodynamic side, while also helping the overall weight distribution of the car.
Whether these changes are implemented depend on a number of factors, with such a strategy thought to be difficult to pull off. However, Ferrari will be desperate to start to the new era of F1 strongly, making this a fascinating development to keep an eye on.