• Dec 10th 2007 at 6:33PM
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Paolo Martinelli is a name familiar to anyone who follows the technical side of Formula 1 racing. He joined Ferrari's powertrain department after graduating college in 1978, and has been in charge of the Scuderia's engine development program since 1994. Last year, however, Martinelli left Maranello for an executive role at Ferrari's parent company Fiat. The racing world has been waiting ever since to see what the motorsport-powertrain legend would produce next, and now they have their answer.

Next to a giant model of the Fiat 500 at the Bologna auto show last week, Martinelli, now Vice-President of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, took the wraps off of 420F3. Like sister-company Ferrari, which is working on the development of an engine for the A1GP racing series, Fiat will be offering the 420F3 engine to competitors in the Italian Formula 3 championship.

[Source: Italiaspeed]

The engine is derived from race-proven architecture. Previous iterations have propelled the Grande Punto Abarth Super2000 rally car towards Italian, European and Intercontinental titles, as well as N.Technology's Alfa Romeo 156 race cars, which have taken six FIA World Touring Car Championships (WTCC). Now adapted for Formula 3, the 2-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine produces 220 bhp and is available to F3 teams for purchase as part of a Є38,500 package that includes the airbox, clutch, exhaust and electronics, or for a Є16,000 annual lease.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      In road racing I rather have a 220hp motor with a wide linear powerband than a 300hp motor with a 100rpm wide powerband that comes in at a million rpm's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you can have just as wide a powerband

        its just going to be higher, no problem if the car is geared for it

        in a race motor, you dont have to choose between torque and high rpm, you can have high rpm and torque which makes big power

        im actually guessing that this is a typo, 320 hp would make sense
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they keep developing this for 10 years, it'll be more powerful than F1 engines...
      • 7 Years Ago

      They run a 26mm (1") diameter air restrictor that limits the engine to about 200HP and about 5000rpm - 7400rpm.

      So it's not a typo. In fact getting 220HP out of it looks to me to be quite good!
        • 7 Years Ago
        oops... that should be "at about 5000 - 7500rpm"
      • 7 Years Ago
      110bhp/l isn't a particularly high specific output #, especially for a dedicated race engine. I'm guessing there are max output rules in the series. IIRC the max output in WTCC is like 275 with what's supposedly a similar engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        .....and its redline is only 10K
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well considering it's not a very large engine, no forced induction, why are you surprised it's not making more power? Maybe they wanted to keep the peak hp some where in this atmosphere and not upwards of 9k.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The formula Atlantic 4AGE engine....a decade old, 1.6L powerplant, makes at least 250hp. Costs less too.

        You are slipping up Mr. Martinelli
        • 7 Years Ago
        2005 RSX K20Z1 makes 210bhp
        new Type R is making over 220
        F20C 240bhp
        i understand that this thing is restricted
        but for over $56,000usd WTF!
      • 7 Years Ago
      amazing the low level of knowlege ...

      A 200hp-240hp 2.0l Honda production engine would have 100-150hp with that 26mm (1") small air restrictor (FIA rule to level the power) ... getting 200hp out of a 2.0l n/a engie that can suck his air only through a 26mm (1") hole is pretty amazing technical level!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, heck Dodge neon race preped 2.0L's can make 200hp
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