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December 6, 2021

Formula 1 will adopt new ‘green’ engines in 2013

Formula 1 stakeholders have reached an agreement for grand prix cars to use a new type of ‘green’ engine from 2013, BBC reports.

The sport will switch from the current 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engines with energy recovery systems and fuel restrictions. The move is an attempt to mirror the trend towards fuel-efficiency in road cars and to popularise it, increasing public demand for such engines. The new rules could be confirmed by governing body the FIA on December 10.

Mercedes and Ferrari had been reluctant to agree to the move as recently as a month ago, believing that it was an unnecessary expense at a time when F1 was trying to reduce costs. But a spokesman for Ferrari told BBC Sport the rules had been agreed and he would be “surprised” if it was not announced by the world council. He admitted Ferrari had concerns about the move on cost grounds but added: “An agreement is there, and when there is an agreement you work accordingly.”

A high-level source involved in the talks said it was “most likely” that the FIA would announce the move on Friday. The aim is for the new rules to improve the efficiency of F1 engines by as much as 50%.
Care has been taken to ensure the performance of cars will not be affected and total power outputs will remain at current levels – approximately 750bhp.

By adopting the regulations, F1 hopes to widen its appeal to sponsors – commercial insiders say some companies are reluctant to get involved in F1 because of its image of being wasteful with resources.
F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone has been firmly opposed to the rule change.He told BBC Sport: “We have a very good engine formula. Why should we change it to something that is going to cost millions of pounds and that nobody wants and that could end up with one manufacturer getting a big advantage?” But the change has been agreed in a series of recent meetings between F1’s current engine manufacturers – which also include Renault and private company Cosworth.

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