• Jul 6, 2006
As the FIA prepares Max Mosley's more restrictive Formula 1 rules package for its 2008 debut, its World Motor Sport Council has decided that Microsoft (Yes, that Microsoft. Really.) will be the official supplier of engine control units under the new rules, which go into effect for the 2008 season.

We'll resist the temptation to resurrect all of those "If Microsoft made cars" jokes, but we just have to point out that if the F1 ECUs follow the same development path as Windows Vista, Max may have to wait until 2009 (or 2010...) before kicking off his 2008 season. And of course, "crashing" will take on a new meaning... (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

In other news, the Council confirmed Bridgestone as the sole tire supplier for Formula 1 for 2008 through 2010. With the withdrawal of Michelin at the end of 2006, Bridgestone will move to de facto sole supplier status a year ahead of schedule, in 2007.

[Source: FIA]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, Microsoft MES is combined with Microsoft's money and Mclarens know-how. The company in question is part of McLaren group and is placed in Woking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its April 1st again??!?! You have got to be f'king kidding me.

      Somebody please shoot Max Mosely, he is turning my favourite motorsports to sh!t, I cant believe they are gonna let Microsoft!!! do the cars' ECUs....dear God.
      I'm gonna stop my lil brother from kart racing today and send him to the airforce academy or something, he had his heart set on F1, but with microsoft, it just might be a little too dangerous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will it have an integrated Media Player? One that cannot be removed?
      • 8 Years Ago
      On the plus side, if the team needs to download a new driver.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if MS will get sued again for being a monopoly?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Blue screen of death will take on a whole new meaning.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now someone needs to make a steering wheel with Ctrl-Alt-Del
      • 8 Years Ago
      This sums it up fairly well too.

      http://ubersoft.net/comics/hd20060706.png
      • 8 Years Ago
      MICROSOFT BASHING! CLASSIC! You guys are comedy geniuses. Maybe you should go write a comedy blog instead. Thanks for missing the opportunity to tell us something useful about this news item.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh man, I read the title and thought they were _sponsoring_ a car in 2008. That would be the ultimate. Or how about a Windows car for NASCAR? That would be even cooler. Being sponsored by the worlds top software maker run by the worlds top philanthropist I'm sure it would gain a huge following.