The current V6 turbo with hybrid technology, introduced in 2014, have marked a before and an after, almost unprecedented in Formula 1. The new ‘power units’, a term that was born with these engines, were designed to get a technology of competition that the manufacturers deem relevant and exportable to the cars of street.
Although these engines have had a development far greater than the previous V8, and the figures of power and efficiency achieved are of record (around 1000 HP with a consumption pauper), the necessary costs for an engine that should not only be technologically advanced, but reliable, have escalated substantially, still the payment of these units is a tremendous headache for the client computers.
In 2020, will terminate the validity of the current regulation of motor, and by various bodies within the Formula 1 and the FIA are already starting to think about what will come after. The criticism for the lack of noise, the complexity of these engines and the appearance of the Formula And at the end of 2014 have changed the landscape under which approval of the V6 turbo, and Ross Brawn is one of the authoritative voices who believe that Formula 1 must begin to think more in technology competition, and not so much on the cars of street.
In an interview AUTO, a magazine owned by the FIA, Brawn has been argued that “lin Formula 1 you have to review seriously what you want out of a engine. What we have done in the last few years is align ourselves with the cars of street. We have launched this revolution, and cars in street that we have within a five-or diez years are going to be very different.
Brawn believes that brazar full concept electric Formula 1 would be el next step to continue with technology that is relevant in the street, and believes that the Formula And already fulfils such a role:
“¿It can maintain the technological marvel of the Formula 1 and to recognize that, perhaps, now is the time to begin to diverge with respect to the path of the cars of the street? If we do not, the logic says that we should have Formula 1 cars or electric with fuel cells within the next few years. We have the Formula E, and is establishing his position, but for me, the Formula 1 is not only a technological demonstration, it is quite the circus. What is the best way to keep you?”.
“Let’s pull back and think about what Formula 1 wants of an engine”
The former chief of Ferrari, Brawn GP and Mercedes has not stopped praising the current concept of the unit of power as a “technological marvel” “has reenlisted to manufacturers,”, but it requires that the Formula 1 should already start to prepare the next draft of the engine. “Now is no time to do so without anyone feel that there is any competitive disadvantage, with investments and plans made correctly. It takes two years to plan a engine. By the end of next year, the Formula 1 needs to know what type of motor you need for the future“.
To do this, involve manufacturers and teams is crucial, according to Brawn, that does not rule out that a large part of the current concept is kept in that regulation, but reducing substantially the economic effort required:
“Maybe it’s time to say: ‘We’ve had this miracle of technology, but let’s pull back and think about what Formula 1 wants, ideally, a motor, you might need to contain some technologies that are relevant’. We got to sit down with the manufacturers, teams and stakeholders, and decide what we want to beyond 2020. Perhaps what we have now, but refined in terms of cost and complexity, because the engine is too expensive“.
Mercedes will still be strong
on the other hand, Brawn has also spoken of his last former team, Mercedes. When asked if the Brackley will be able to remain competitive with the policy change that significantly increases the importance of aerodynamics, Brawn bet for it, and makes a claim that your advantage on the track also has brought them more time to derive resources in the car for 2017:
“Mercedes has been removing resources from their program for this year very soon. If I was there, and I’m sure that have adopted a similar philosophy, would be saying ‘Well, we had a car strong, we can only batirnos to ourselves, say to all the world in the program of the coming year’. I don’t know how many teams have been able to do that. The success creates success. Mercedes will be strong in the coming year, despite the greater emphasis on the chassis”.