>> Engine manufacturers would also be allowed to change certain things on an
>> annual basis (before January 1 each year). Things such as ports, plugs,
>> valves, piston crowns, nozzles, etc.
> But yet again, all this is difficult to police. In fixing a known
> problem, the teams would be able to push the engine harder [until it
> breaks elsewhere], ergo, there's a performance increase.
Cosworth: "Our spec is a 30000 RPM, 1200 BHP engine, with some
small reliability issues that require us to run under spec for a bit."
The small reliability issue being the 0.3 second lifespan, just
short of letting it spin up to the theoretical peak.
Cosworth: "Honest, it _really is_ a 30000 RPM engine, we just run
it at 19000 to make it last longer until all the problems are fixed."
> What's wrong with simply specifying engine displacement and materials
> (either banned or allowed) and having a one engine per weekend rule?
> If it breaks on Friday or Saturday, back you go, x places for each
Championship points only consider your best four (or eight, or
nine***, whatever) race engines for the year. Engines raced in more
than one event accumulate all awarded points. Use as many as you like,
change whenever you like, but you must race on the engine qualified with
or start at the back of the grid.
Ban ludicrous materials (like the gold plating).
Done. As always, F1 teams will spend all their money, and the money
will always go to the top few (unless the FIA run a proper wealth
distribution scheme with the TV money).
Aspie at work, sorry in advance.