Date: 16th August 2013 at 8:53am
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Formula One is going through some changes.

The sport will see the biggest change it has probably ever seen next season with a number of changes to the technical regulations.

The most talked about aspect of the changes for next year are to the engine regulations, or power-trains as the technical boffin’s like to call them.

The current 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8s will become a thing of the past, replaced by the new 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6 engines supported by energy recovery systems.

The current V8-engine’s produce 750hp and whilst the new power units will produce the same figure, more of it will come from the new Energy Recovery Systems.

In Formula One over the past couple of seasons spectators have become used to the use of kinetic energy recovery system [KERS], the current system producing 80hp and limited to just 6.7 seconds of anyone lap. With limited use it is generally used as a device to try and defend or attack for race position.

The new Energy Recovery System however will provide over double the horse power with 161hp and will be in use for 33.3 seconds per lap.

In a further bid to give Formula One a more environmentally friendly feel, fuel will be limited to 100kg per race.

There will also be a change to the gearboxes and exhausts. The gearboxes will have eight forward ratios for 2014 rather than the current seven, whilst exhausts will move from two tailpipes to one.

The regulations also state that the single tailpipe must be angled upwards and not down to prevent the exhaust flow being used for aerodynamic effect, like it has been in recent years.

There are also changes to the rear wing specifications and the front nose and wing regulations.

The rear wing will be slightly shallower, whilst the front wing will be 150mm narrower with the height of the nose also changing from a maximum height of 550mm to 185mm.

What do the regulation changes mean for the teams and the sport of Formula One? Will it significantly change the Formula One pecking order like many are predicting?

‘When the regulations remain fairly static there are two ways of looking at it. As a relatively young team, we?re kind of starting to find things out and our rate of development has been quite good. So there?s a little bit of frustration that the regulations are now changing just as we?re kind of finding our feet. Caterham’s technical director Mark Smith told formula1.com.

‘But on the other hand, from a technical challenge perspective, it?s very interesting. So much of it is different that you are having to think from scratch, and in many areas, from a blank piece of paper.

‘So purely from an engineering perspective it?s quite exciting. I think it?s going to be a more balanced formula, rather than just being dominated by aerodynamics. That?s been the criticism for a while.

‘In terms of the input that the engine manufacturers put into the sport, they now have more than a stake. Whether it changes my pecking order – if my pecking order is right – or whether it just changes the emphasis, I don?t know.

 

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