THe first proper road map for the future direction of F1 under the management of Liberty Media and the FIA was laid out today, as the outline Formula 1 engine of the future was revealed.
THe power unit from 2021 onwards will retain the 1.6 litre V6 architecture, will still be hybrid, but the troublesome (for some) MGU-H, harnessing heat energy from the turbo, will be dispensed with while the kinetic energy regeneration will be beefed up and feature driver manual control, for tactical racing.
Fans who miss the loud, high revving engines of the past will have to wait to hear what an extra 3,000 rpm will mean to the experience of hearing F1 in the flesh.
The plan is for the FIA to publish the definition of the 2021 power unit at the end of this year.
According to a joint statement from the FIA and F1: “In order to uphold the objective of cost reduction, work will continue over the next 12 months to define certain elements of the Power Unit, but the design and development of the complete Power Unit will not be possible until all the information is released at the end of 2018. This aims to ensure that manufacturers continue to work on the current specification Power Unit.
During the remaining part of 2017 and 2018, the FIA and F1 will also work with the teams to establish power unit test and development restrictions as well as other cost containment measures.”
THe only details given today were as follows:
• 1.6 Litre, V6 Turbo Hybrid
• 3000rpm higher engine running speed range to improve the sound
• Prescriptive internal design parameters to restrict development costs and discourage extreme designs and running conditions
• Removal of the MGUH
• More powerful MGUK with focus on manual driver deployment in race together with option to save up energy over several laps to give a driver controlled tactical element to racing
• Single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits
• Standard energy store and control electronics
• High Level of external prescriptive design to give ‘Plug-And-Play’ engine/chassis/transmission swap capability
• Intention to investigate tighter fuel regulations and limits on number of fuels used
Ross Brawn, F1’s managing Director, Motorsports noted that the view of fans had been taken into account as well as manufacturers looking to enter F1 in future, such as Porsche.
He highlighted the spirit of collaboration between Liberty Media and the FIA as the basis for a carefully considered approach, with which the teams and manufacturers can collaborate: “The 2021 power unit is an example of the future way the FIA as regulators, F1 as commercial right holders, the teams and the manufacturers as stakeholders will work together for the common good of the sport,” he said.
“The proposal presented today was the outcome of a series of meeting which took place during 2017 with the current teams participating in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the manufacturers who showed their interest to be part of the pinnacle of motor sport.
“Also, we’ve carefully listened to what the fans think about the current PU and what they would like to see in the near future with the objective to define a set of regulations which will provide a powertrain that is simpler, cheaper and noisier and will create the conditions to facilitate new manufacturers to enter Formula 1 as powertrain suppliers and to reach a more levelled field in the sport.”
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