>>>> Seriously: what did the FIA present this time round as the 'problem'
>>>> for which the ***y ***y V-6 engine is to be, yawn, the solution?
>>>> And for how many years into the future does the FIA confidently
>>>> predict the ***y ***y V-6 engines will prevail, keeping everyone
>>> cost and relevance to engine manufacturers who dont really learn anything from
>>> building V10s or V8s for F1,except for building *** 1 off engines, in the
>>> cars they normally sell, 1.6 V6s are more relevant, as is hybrid tech. its
>>> designed to encourage more manufacturers to join the sport and supply
>>> LMPs have been running hybrids, diesels (which make hardly any noise at
>>> all), Audis etron thing in the pitlane is a great system and there will be
>>> more spectators at Le Mans than there will be at any F1 race this year for
>>> whether it lasts who knows depends where the manufacturers go next.
>> I dont follow sports-car racing, but aren't they more open to new ideas
>> or what ever, in general?
> Yes. They have hybrids already, and diesels. I can't remember which
> team, but one team was doing quite well with the Williams fly-wheel
Ah, I remember something about that too. Wasn't it a Porsche using
>> If so, I was wondering if part of the FIA thinking is making F1 more
>> like the sports-car in innovation terms, and perhaps enticing
>> manufacturers away from sport-car racing?
> Hmmm... different ball game. As Peugeot found out. They were cleaning
> up at Le Mans and then decided to go to F1 (with McLaren). They found
> out it was a very different proposition - and not just in monetary
> terms. Oddly, they'd done well in endurance racing but their F1
> engines were hand grenades. So the performance aspect, I think, is
> quite different.
True, but that's Peugeot, not reason to think others would fail.
Especially if the engine are more like what they have now.
> In Le Mans the manufacturer teams such as Audi typically do it all
> themselves. In F1 they'd either have to buy an existing team, bid for
> a new slot or put their engine in somebody else's car.
True enough. But I don't see a road block there.
> I do think that FIA want to have a common engine architecture, so that
> a manufacturer could be in Le Mans and in F1 - though the engines
> would not be identical.
Oh yeah. Heard that ideas before. Didn't they want something that tied
up rally and touring cars as well? Dunno how I feel about that. It makes
a lot of sense, relies on fans not caring that much about engines, but
some how feels wrong to even me.