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F1: Ferrari Opposes 2013 Engine
Written by: SPEED Staff / GMM
Date: 01/02/2011 - 10:20 AM
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Luca di Montezemolo has admitted he is looking for allies in his aversion to F1’s new engine formula for 2013.

When the 4-cylinder turbo regulations were announced recently, the Ferrari president said the famous Italian marque was “not happy” but “will not stand in the way”.

Montezemolo now tells Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “Four cylinders is not Formula One.

“We will not be building any for our street cars,” he insisted. “(And) for the top class of racing it sounds a bit pathetic,” said Montezemolo.

“Why couldn’t we have a V6 turbo? We should not confuse affordable with cheap.”

He admitted that he will look for like-minded opponents to the new formula.

“If there is the slightest possibility to delay the four cylinder (introduction), I will look for it. We see a chance,” added the Italian, revealing his goal is at least a one-season delay.

“We need unity,” announced Montezemolo.

One possible ally might be rival F1 engine maker Mercedes.

“It would have been better to extend the V8 era,” agreed Norbert Haug, with the German engine marque currently leading the field with F1’s current engines.

“That (V8) is a low cost engine,” he insisted.

However, Auto Motor und Sport said Cosworth’s Mark Gallagher believes only 30 million euros would be needed to design an engine according to the new 2013 formula.
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This story is going to get bigger. Niki Lauda is already on record as saying he is very concerned about the sound of the new engines, which is key to F1's excitement. You'd think they could have gone to a 6 cylinder before this, but who knows.
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4 bangers at the pinnacle of motorsport don't make sense to me either.
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I can see their point. They already went through the turbo era, why go back! I say leave the same engine configuration and put a rev limiter at 15K. I'd like to see V8 NA cars that rev over 10K on the street!
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Hopefully that won't go through.

Not sure how it could be done, but when there were various cylindered engines, it was a pretty good show.

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(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he too is worried about the sound of F1's new engine formula for 2013.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said recently that for "the top class of racing", 1.6 liter four-cylinder power plants "sounds a bit pathetic".

Triple world champion Niki Lauda agreed: "I am worried about the sound, which in formula one has been so unique.

"Hopefully there will be more than a faint hum," he added.

F1 chief executive Ecclestone has admitted that he too is worried about the new exhaust note.

"I don't care whether it's 1.6 or 1.8 liter engines -- I'm worried about the sound," he is quoted by motorline.cc.

"If we lose the sound of formula one, we will be losing a great deal," added Ecclestone.

FIA president Jean Todt, however, insists no-one should be worried about 2013.

"I can guarantee that the formula one cars for the 2013 season will be very exciting and produce a great sound.

"The development of the industry in the past years has been bringing safety and environmental awareness to the foreground, and the car manufacturers have made great progress in both areas.

"With the new rules, the FIA wants to send a strong message about formula one. It is the pinnacle of motor sport and the smaller engine is very important for the manufacturers," added Todt.
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"With the new rules, the FIA wants to send a strong message about formula one. It is the pinnacle of motor sport and the smaller engine is very important for the manufacturers," added Todt.
Which manufacturers? Perhaps those no longer in F1 like Honda & Toyota, + BMW....
Even Renault remains in name only, and has relinquished most of their financial commitment to F1.
The bread and butter for Mercedes Benz should still be the 6 cyl engine.
To me, it would only makes sense for Ferrari to compete in F1 with a 4 banger if the team is renamed Fiat, or a combination of the names.
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Think about all the Tiffosi, if the red cars will be FIAT!
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