Shrieker wrote:Electric, and while at it, the aim of aero development should be energy conservation. Hundreds of millions of dollars go into aero research every year to have more df (and more efficient also) which has no relevance to your typical road going car AFAIK. The point of focus should be less air resistance (less drag). Yes, F1 will lose some (and for some, most) of it's appeal, but those who are open minded enough will still have fun and maybe even more - who knows ?
The new regulations that will limit the amount of fuel allowed for a GP can easily be extended into an electric formula.
Done sensibly the development of regulations through 2013, with ever increasing use of energy harvesting and restrictions on the energy carried will result in a major change in aero. Ideas will be found to reduce downforce by hopefuly at least 50 percent and the main aero work will be in drag reduction.
I only hope that Patrick Head is not correct and the development of the first stage (KERS) is not recognised as the F1 saviour it is and it is again not used by the teams in 2012. Neither F1 or the road vehicle development it creates, can be delayed yet again by this narrow dated focus. It is crucial to our future.