Has blown exhaust technology finally been outlawed?

‘Blown exhaust’ technology looks set to be outlawed in the 2012 sporting regulations, despite recent rumours suggesting that teams may look to repeal the ban imposed by the FIA.

Mid-season, the FIA moved to ban the use of off-throttle blown exhaust gases, whereby the engines were configured to still rev and channel exhaust gases through the car’s underbody even if the driver was not depressing the throttle; this gave some teams a serious competitive advantage.

But a change of heart saw the FIA continue to allow the technology for the remainder of the season, after several teams were able to argue that removing the systems would prove too costly. Instead, it resolved to ban them from 2012 onwards.

In this latest chapter, it was believed that Red Bull Racing and McLaren had been vocal opponents of next year’s technology ban, claiming that the designs of their 2012 cars were too far advanced.

In turn, this has prompted suspicion that both outfits have discovered loopholes in the technical regulations that would still allow them to gain an aerodynamic advantage from their cars’ exhausts.

But a report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport now claims that the ongoing dispute “has ended” after a meeting of technical delegates during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

According to the report, the framework makes it “almost impossible” for teams to exploit their exhaust designs to gain a competitive aerodynamic advantage.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.