Date: 1st July 2011 at 10:57am
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As expected Formula One has now confirmed that from 2014 Formula One teams will run with 1.6-litre V6 engines.

This is a change from the current 2.4-litre V8s that teams are running this season and an alteration to the previously proposed 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo units which Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth all objected too.

The new regulations were formally agreed on Monday via a fax vote of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

A statement released by the FIA said: ‘The new power plant will be a V6 1.6 turbo unit with energy recovery systems. This new formula will come into effect as from the start of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship season.’

The changes will see more emphasis placed on hybrid energy-efficient technologies, such as KERS with Power of energy-recovery systems set to double, all with the aim of improving efficiency of F1 engines by 35%.

The previously proposed rev limit of 12,000rpm has also been boosted to 15,000rpm with the FIA adamant that the ‘sound’ of F1 will not be lost with the introduction of the new engines. ‘This parameter has been updated from 12000rpm to 15000rpm to allow engineers more flexibility in power and energy management,’

‘However, as a consequence of the new architecture [of the engines] and the change in rev-limit, the engine will sound different, but will remain representative of Formula 1.