How 'truck' technology is boosting F1 engines

How 'truck' technology is boosting F1 engines

The need to produce more power from less energy in Formula 1 means manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for horsepower. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how truck-engine technology is a key part of this battle

There was a time when a grand prix driver was sacked for comparing his car to a truck. Ironically, at least half of the Formula 1 grid is now powered by a truck-engine development that's revolutionising efficiency.

Since the introduction of the current engine formula in 2014, the F1 internal combustion engine has been squeezed by fuel-flow restrictions and limited to 100kg of fuel (105kg next season). This limits the maximum instantaneous fuel flow and also the pressure at which fuel can be injected. It's been a challenge for designers to create power from so little fuel.

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