F1 teams will make do with a normal test programme early next year, despite the introduction of radical new engine regulations.
Some of the engine suppliers reportedly want either an earlier or an extended winter test period ahead of the 2014 season, as F1 switches from V8 to turbo V6 engines. Read more... (133 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
Bernie Ecclestone has all but conceded that F1 will say goodbye to its familiar V8 engines late next year.
The F1 chief executive is worried about the tamer tones of the turbo V6 engines that are under development for 2014, and had indicated a delayed introduction of the radical new rules was possible. But when asked about the issue in India, 82-year-old Ecclestone answered: “We’re used to these (V8) engines. Read more... (132 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
F1 legend Alain Prost could be the first to sample the sport’s new V6 power.
In his first F1 test since McLaren in 1996, the quadruple world champion drove a modern Red Bull at the Renault World Series event at Paul Ricard last weekend. Already contracted to the team’s French V8 engine supplier Renault as an ambassador, the 57-year-old could now be first in line to test the new 1.6 litre turbo V6 for 2014. Read more... (147 words, estimated 35 secs reading time)
Bernie Ecclestone is determined to scrap F1′s engine regulation change for 2014.
The F1 chief executive recently visited Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters, where he heard the tamer sounds of the incoming turbo V6 engine.
“Even (Ferrari president) Luca di Montezemolo said it sounded terrible and didn’t like it,” Ecclestone told the Hindustan Times. Read more... (101 words, estimated 24 secs reading time)
Stefano Domenicali has admitted the F1 fraternity may initially struggle to adapt to the “new noise” of 2014.
The sport is preparing to move from deafening V8 power to the comparatively-sedate turbo tones of V6 engines. One aspect of the radical new rules is the requirement for the cars to be totally silent, relying only on electric power, whilst in the pitlane. Read more... (441 words, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
Ferrari has confirmed reports it already has a V6 engine up and running.
We reported a fortnight ago that F1′s likely three engine manufacturers for 2014 – Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes – are hard at work on their new turbo designs for the radical new regulations. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said their plans are now “in phase two”, meaning they are no longer working only with prototypes. Read more... (205 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
F1′s three engine manufacturers for 2014 are hard at work on their new turbo V6 designs, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reported. Read more... (206 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Customer engines will be much more expensive in 2014.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, for example, Sauber currently spends EUR 8 million on its Ferrari engine, and another million for KERS. But for 2014, with F1 switching to ‘green’ turbo V6 power, the price is reportedly going up to between EUR 18-23 million. Read more... (90 words, estimated 22 secs reading time)
F1′s ‘customer engine’ teams are worried that the price of power is set to skyrocket.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, teams like Force India and Sauber currently pay around EUR 10 million for their engine-plus-KERS packages. That is reportedly set to increase to about 18 million when the turbo V6s debut in 2014. Read more... (120 words, estimated 29 secs reading time)
Many teams are reportedly pushing the FIA to delay the introduction of F1′s new engine regulations. All-new turbo V6 rules are currently scheduled to debut in 2014, but Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and Italy’s Autosprint say some of the midfield teams are opposed on cost grounds. Read more... (177 words, estimated 42 secs reading time)