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Engine dispute in Formula 1: brand new engine as a compromise?

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D he alternative engine from Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt split Formula 1. Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Manor support the proposal. Force India is keeping a low profile. Lotus could switch to the supporters' camp if Renault still gets out. Everyone else demonizes the alternative to the hybrid drive.

At first the teams believed it was an April Fool's joke, but Niki Lauda stated in Mexico: 'Bernie and Jean are determined to pull this off.' Ecclestone fights for the cheap engine on principle. Not only because it brings him back to power and weakens the influence of the manufacturers. Ecclesone hated hybrid technology from the start.

Jean Todt sees the offer to the private teams more as a bargaining chip. He has offered the manufacturers: If you go down with the price of the current engines to 12 million euros, he will write the engine regulations by 2025.

The cheap engine needs 140 kilos of fuel

At the moment, little is known about the alternative engine. The basis should be the engine for the IndyCar series. So a V6 biturbo with a displacement of 2.2 liters, a 90 degree cylinder angle, a bore of 95 millimeters and an injection pressure of a maximum of 200 bar.

In order to increase the performance, the speed limit of 12,000 rpm in the IndyCar and the boost pressure restriction of 0.5 bar on road courses would have to be redefined. In its most powerful configuration, the Ilmor Chevrolet V6 turbo produces just 710 hp. Too little to survive against the hybrid monsters.

The IndyCar engine weighs 112.5 kilograms, so it is 37.5 kilograms lighter than the Mercedes V6 with its electric drive, battery and control units. But it also uses more gasoline. In the IndyCar series, converted to a GP distance, there are 182 liters of methanol. That would be 135 kilograms. The FIA ​​experts assume that 140 kilograms of fuel will be required in the end. Gasoline has a significantly better calorific value than methanol, but that would be eaten up again by increasing the power.

While Bernie Ecclestone wants to compensate for the different amounts of gasoline between the hybrid drives and the classic V6 turbo by refueling, she prefers FIA a car with a larger tank. This makes it easier to strike a balance between the two types of engines and your cars.

Comingthe V8 turbo with a strong Kers?

Even if nobody wants to admit it: Nobody is satisfied with a two-tier society. Even the hardliners among the manufacturer representatives have noticed that something has gone wrong with the current regulations. Hybrid technology is too expensive and too complicated. The loosening of the development restrictions will make it much more expensive than was calculated in the manufacturers' business plan. And it is not being accepted by the fans as hoped. You could say it's a bottomless pit.

The FIA ​​is therefore considering untying the Gordian knot in the engine dispute by writing completely new engine regulations for everyone in 2017 or 2018. With scaled-down hybrid technology at affordable prices, more noise, less remote control from the box and aids that allow the driver to overtake. The golden compromise could look like this: A V6 or V8 with biturbo and a powerful KERS. At a price of a maximum of 8 million euros.


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