Ferrari boss tells Autocar that he wants F1 to use downsized turbocharged engines
23 April 2010

Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa says his Formula One team wants to see the return of downsized turbocharged engines to the sport.

Rumours first surfaced on the internet last week that F1 bosses were mulling over the switch to four-cylinder 1.5-litre trubocharged engines from 2013. Felisa, speaking exclusively to Autocar at the Beijing motor show, confirmed this was the case and that his team would support it.

The switch to smaller turbo engines is designed to make F1 technology more relevant to road cars, something Felisa is keen to push. He also wants to see new Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology introduced to make the cars more economical still.

"F1 has to set up something that's helpful for the real world," he said. "The best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI," said Felisa. "That is what we would support. It is the best solution for driving efficiency and utilisation of the engine in a positive way."

Felisa also confirmed Ferrari will also make use of direct-injection and turbo technology in its road cars to boost efficiency.

Earlier this week, Ferrari said it would launch six new models in the next four years, including an all-new Enzo hypercar.

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23 April 2010

All of this cost cutting is getting quite expensive!

23 April 2010

But F1 needs a change, turbo's bring more power and it could show that they are going 'green' by using downsized engine's.

23 April 2010

Nah, rather than see 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbos, let's go for an ultra-compact, ultra-light flat-six of the same capacity (lower CofG, less vibration), with a mechanical supercharger or two. Much nicer.

Oh, and they need to lift the ban on magnesium engines. Anyone can go into their local BMW showroom and buy a 325i, which has a magnesium engine - so why shouldn't F1 have magnesium engines?

23 April 2010

Well I certainly need to register my vote against this hideous disgusting idea.

Has anyone ever heard anything more horrible than the flat blare that comes out of a mid 80's turbocharged 4 cylinder F1 car? Terrible.

Has anyone ever heard anything more beautiful than the sound of a screaming V12 F1 car? You tube "Ferrari V12 sounds" if you have forgotten.

Relevance is irrelevant. F1 is all about those hairs on the back of the neck. If they don't move, F1 dies.

23 April 2010

[quote humphrey the pug]All of this cost cutting is getting quite expensive![/quote] I know. I think it was Eddie Jordan who said that refuelling had been dropped to save the teams £250,000 a year in freight cost for the rigs. However, they then had to spend £3 million developing cars to accept the larger fuel tanks.

 

23 April 2010

[quote Leslie Brook][quote humphrey the pug]All of this cost cutting is getting quite expensive![/quote] I know. I think it was Eddie Jordan who said that refuelling had been dropped to save the teams £250,000 a year in freight cost for the rigs. However, they then had to spend £3 million developing cars to accept the larger fuel tanks.[/quote]

And it's just made the cars heavier, slower, and has removed the possibility of most pit stops, which, in turn, makes F1 all the more boring.

23 April 2010

I think it will be a long time before such technology filters down to your average ford fiesta, but the concept of small engines being powerful and acceptable will help people drop their prejudices against cars with small engines. If mercedes could sell an E-Class with an ultra efficient 1.5 turbo, that is similar in concept to their F1 engine (ie. its a 1.5 turbo) instead of 3 litre NA engines would be huge reduction in their CO2 emissions.

23 April 2010

Ferrari did used too win with this engine formula?

Peter Cavellini.

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