We've already heard talk that Formula 1 officials have considered moving toward a diesel
engine, now hybrids
are the talk of the track. The Federation Internationale de L'Automobile, which hosts F1 racing, is considering using hybrid technology in the race cars. Toyota
, which hasn't done very well since it entered F1 a few years ago, would play a strong role in such a move. A Toyota motorsports
engineer said such a system would be different than the cars. Honda
is also said to be developing a hybrid system capable of withstanding F1 demands on the track. While racing is the antithesis of any green movement, such a dogfight between Toyota and Honda over introducing hybrid technology on the track could turn out to be a blessing for consumer hybrids. The high-energy, high-spending, high-technology atmosphere of Formula 1 would trickle down quickly. Reaching 100mpg in normal driving may not be that far off.
[Source: Kazuo Teranishi / The Asahi Shimbun]