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F1 Engine Spec FROZEN until 2017

This should be interesting. Hopefully everyone got their photocopies of Ferrari's engine spec bound and distributed.

Ten-year freeze on engines
Wednesday, 24, October, 2007, 14:38

Engine development in Formula 1 is to be totally frozen for a period of 10 years from 2008, following a meeting of the FIA Motor Sport World Council on Wednesday.

The sport’s governing body is believed to have pushed through this latest measure to promote alternative and more environmentally-friendly methods of increasing the performance of F1 cars.

Development work on V8 power plants had been restricted since 2007, although certain changes were allowed to be made to the units under the rules.

However next year all modifications will be banned with the caveat that a change to the unit can be made after five years if it gains unanimous approval and precedes a two-year notice period.

“There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting from 2008,” an FIA statement said.

“A change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period.

“Total freeze means that there will be no exceptions for development of certain parts of the engine, as is the case under the current regulations.”

At one stage it seemed likely that F1 was to adopt a 1.4-litre, turbo-charged engine formula mated to an introduction of KERS technology.

But now the FIA has opted to keep the current engine platform stable, while encouraging the sport's manufacturers to pursue performance gains through KERS and other socially-relevant technology advances.

The sport's key manufacturers made a proposal to FIA president Max Mosley earlier this month, in which they wanted the current 2.4-litre V8s to stay until 2009, and then modify them to run to four races with KERS and improved fuel efficiency.

However this proposal was rejected by the FIA and it instead suggested keeping the current engines until 2017.

The engine manufactures were planning to enlist the support of F1's independent teams before resubmitting their plans.

itv.com/f1 - Ten-year freeze on engines


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