Formula 1's turbo eras compared

Formula 1's turbo eras compared

The first generation of F1 turbos were loud, proud and bonkers. The latest 'power units' have very different goals in mind, as BEN ANDERSON found out

Expensive. Unruly. Spectacular. Turbocharged engines in Formula 1 are nothing new, but until this season they were banished from the pinnacle of the sport for a quarter of a century.

We have since seen V12, V10 and V8 configurations of normally aspirated propulsion, but now turbos are back - helping to drive F1's new generation of socially responsible, energy-efficient, hybrid V6-engined cars.

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