Why Porsche is key to F1's engine future

Why Porsche is key to F1's engine future

Another year, another Formula 1 technical argument - what it does next with its complex engine formula is at the forefront of discussions among the powers-that-be. Inspiration lies in the World Endurance Championship

Formula 1's current engine regulations were first framed in 2008, and "finalised" in late-'09. No sooner had they been approved than controversy erupted - Ferrari, then Mercedes, lobbied against the four-cylinder format on the basis that they could not see their ways clear to producing high-performance road car engines to that configuration.

Renault threatened to exit F1 should the sport revert to V8s, with a kinetic-energy recovery system (KERS), as demanded by commercial rights holder FOM and others. Eventually a compromise was reached: F1 would adopt 1.6-litre V6 engines supplemented by kinetic- and heat-energy recovery systems, with introduction delayed by a year to 2014.

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