F1 cars to run on four-cylinder engines from 2013

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 by
F1 cars to ditch V8s from 2013

F1 cars to ditch V8s from 2013

The screaming V8 engines used by today’s cars will be replaced by 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines by 2013.

In a bid to improve fuel efficiency, F1 has announced that all race cars will move to the smaller displacement four-cylinder engine which should deliver 35 percent higher fuel efficiency.

The smaller engines would however produce similar power to the much larger V8s thanks to some clever technology including high-pressure gasoline injectors.

The four-pot motors are expected to last longer than the V8s because of a lower maximum engine speed of 12,000rpm. F1 is also planning to reduce the number of engines a team can use in a season. The current limit of eight engines is expected to be reduced to just five by 2013 and then four soon after.

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