Following on from the introduction of V8 engines into Formula 1, further restrictions for the 2007 season are presenting new challenges for the BMW engineers. All teams engine specs have already been handed to the FIA at the end of the 2006 season. During the next four years, engine developments will be restricted by the FIA. Engines will also probably be limited to 19,000 rpm. The aim of the FIA is to lower overall development costs in the hope of attracting more privateer teams.
Mario Theissen, BMW’s Motorsport Director, is satisfied with the engine specifications which the BMW Sauber F1 Team handed in. “Over the second half of the season the engineers in Munich managed to hit on a good combination of power and reliability, which should stand us in good stead for the next few years,” he explained.