Spain’s El Mundo newspaper is reporting that F1 teams are close to agreeing to new engine rules for the six-year period starting in 2013, when the current 2.4-litre V8 rules end.
The newspaper claims that an in-principle agreement has been reached that would see 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre engines, fitted with a twin-turbo and direct injection. The new formula would also reportedly involve the reinstatement of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
The replacement should ideally see similarly powerful engines, but that should reduce the sport’s carbon footprint, use less fuel, and keep costs for the smaller teams to a minimum.
Formula 1 last ran turbo-powered engines in 1988 after Renault pioneered the concept in 1977.
Ferrari’s CEO Amadeo Felisa told Autocar magazine: “If F1 has to develop something helpful for real driving conditions [for consumers], then the best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI (gasoline direct injection).”
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