F1 : Louder and cheaper engines by 2021

An FIA meeting took place in Paris on the 31st of March to discuss the future of Formula One engines for 2020 and beyond.

An agreement was reached which could mean that the current 1.6 liter turbo engines could be binned, with the decision being that the F1 engines to be used in the future shall be cheaper, simpler, and better sounding.

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This meeting was attended by a wide array of people and entities such as engine manufactures from inside and outside F1, Liberty Media, shareholders, and F1 team representatives.

Another important aspect of discussion was the power output of these new engines. Making these engines a lot more powerful and enabling the drivers to push flat out all the time was another topic of discussion.

At the end of the meeting, the man who chaired it, President Jean Todt had this to say.

“I was very pleased with the process, and the fact that so many stakeholders were able to agree on a direction for F1 in such an important technical area.

“Now we must sit down and work through the finer details of exactly what the 2021 power units will be, but we have begun on the right foot.”

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Personally, I do think this is positive news for the future of the sport. It is good that they’re listening to the fans, because a majority of fans are upset given that noise is a big part of the charm of F1 racing.

I hope they don’t do anything rash and reactive for next year. Taking time and looking 5 years into the future and deciding what we want F1 to be by then is the way to go.

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However, it would be foolish to run back to big fuel guzzling brute engines of the past, and I don’t think they will do that either. The engines will still remain “technologically relevant” because showing F1 to be the “pinnacle” of technology is also important and one of the pillars that F1 stands on.

You can’t just abandon the tech effort and become a loud circus for people to come and hoot at – there needs to be a balance, and that’s what I’d like to see. Make technologically superb engines that sound incredible – not just “loud”. There’s a difference.

– Aditya Bhat.


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