Formula One may be going back to smaller displacement turbocharged engines from 2013! It’s really a wonder why they didn’t do this earlier as it is one way to move the sport closer to mainstream automobile R&D relevance. Perhaps manufacturer teams will be encouraged more to spend dollars on their F1 teams this way. The rest of F1 has little to do with mainstream automobiles right now, and more of finding loopholes and grey areas around the rules of the sport.
Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo reported that the 2.4 litre normally aspirated sky-high revving V8s of today will be replaced by 1.5 litre twin-turbocharged direct injection engines – and apparently they will only have four cylinders? The cylinders will be larger now so redlines will undoubtedly drop, but the forced induction will make up for it.
“If F1 has to develop something helpful for real (road) driving conditions, then the best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged with gasoline direct injection. That is what we would support,” said Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa to Autocar at Auto China 2010, which is fully considering Ferrari has no turbocharged engines in its road car line-up now. Perhaps it is a hint of a turbocharged Ferrari engine to come? If F1 really goes forced induction, Ferrari will undoubtedly go for turbos as well, to maintain a psychologically similiarity with its F1 cars and its sports cars.