• Nov 18th 2006 at 5:22PM
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Way back in the era known as the '80s, Formula One cars outfitted with turbos were making upwards of 1,500 HP, from engines as small as 1.5-liters. As time wore on and power went up accordingly, turbochargers were banned in the never-ending quest to bring power and development costs out of the stratosphere. Fast-forward over two decades later, and environmental concerns have made FIA president, Max Mosley reconsider the snail-ban.

During a conference in Munich this week, Mosley announced that a reintroduction of forced induction might take place by 2011. The lifting of the ban will not result in another horsepower arms race, but intends to make F1 vehicles more environmentally sound. Bio-fuel would become the prerequisite explosive material and revs would be kept above 15,000 RPM.

The article also hinted at Mosley's retirement, likely to take place in 2010.

[Source: Formula1.com]

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    • 1 Second Ago

      Pardon the omission. Widespread hybrid use will see the light of day when the FIA as well as the GPMA (Honda, Merecedes, Toyota, BMW, Renault) say it will. And they just have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What goes round comes round. Williams (IIRC, might have been McLaren) started work on energy recovery in the mid-90s. FIA squashed that flat before it got very far -- I think it was part of their (losing) war on development costs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      ["15,000 rpm? Does this mean that the furious F1 engine noise is gone? This is really saddening. The high pitch engine sound was probably the most distinctive characteristic of this motorsport."]
      Um...what? It says *above* 15,000 RPM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Max! 2010! Your killing me..and the sport I love. How about now?
      • 8 Years Ago
      mosley leave now, whats the difference, your ruining the sport ... i do however like the smaller engines putting out the same power and clocking some nice speeds, but bring the turbos back and the competitive tires.

      mmmmmm V8 at 700 hp 2.4L now with variable flange turbos :drool:

      i want to be an F1 pilot so bad, i need to just get my foot in the door.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1,500HP from a 1.5L engine? My 1.5L engine makes 109HP. I want what he's having."

      Sure. Do you have a couple hundred thousand to drop each day for your commute? Pay up for the fuel, and the new engine every 150-200 miles and I bet you could have similar performance. That's after the cost of developing it.

      Screw the F1 circus run by Mosley and Eccelstone. Have the SCCA bring back Can-Am.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Frankly, if you're not:

      1) 15 or younger
      2) Living in Europe, Japan, or South America
      3) Already actively racing go-karts

      Then you've already missed your shot at getting your foot in the door. Sorry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6 ["Roll that up and smoke it, regenerative braking haters. Widespread hybrid proliferation is economically feasible and productive when the FIA says it is!"]

      I'd like to hit some of what you've been smoking. FIA says it's feasible? How many manufacturers have FIA, FISA, and whoever else chased out of Formula 1 because of their complete ignorance and/or disdain for what is economically feasible? Hybrid production is economically feasible if and when the market dictates it is, not some sactioning body. I am not a hybrid-hater (in fact, I like the idea - tax break for me, less money to the Middle East and Fidel Jr.), but the substance has a ways to go before it catches up with the hype.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1,500HP from a 1.5L engine? My 1.5L engine makes 109HP. I want what he's having.
      The post is so preoccupied with turbos that it forgets to mention that HYBRIDS are now seriously on the table. Roll that up and smoke it, regenerative braking haters. Widespread hybrid proliferation is economically feasible and productive when the FIA says it is!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This would be pretty good, although if they do, they would have to stick in some sort of limitation - like boost level or fuel economy, otherwise they will be getting double the power they do now!

      Having smaller turbo engine will give more back development back into the car industry and will greatly reduce the cost of the engines.
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