Anyway, front wheels as engines I quite like the idea, anyone know the practicalities?
Advantages - elimination of the mechanical drivetrain and it's positive effect in packaging and safety. The motors can also be used to replace the brakes, since motors can also be utilized for that application. Ability to be integrated as part of the KERS package.
Disadvantages - unsprung weight. This sytem could easily be designed for (currently illegal) traction control.
Max Mosley is a freaking genius. Despite his long list of personal shortcomings, the man sure knows how to get people to follow his personal agenda. Seriously, the man stands alone against some of the most intelligent, sophisticated, motivated people in the world (the teams) and yet manages to bully his way through them almost every time. I'd be the first to jump in line to slag Max, but I also have to admit he's one smart dude.
In the last couple of years, Max has been preaching about two main goals. To lower costs in Formula One, and to prove to the world that Formula One is become more of a responsible citizen. That is through adoption of greener fuels, and improved fuel mileage. The teams have their agendas, and that is to win, to be successful. To achieve those goals, they are willing to spend whatever it takes, and to use whatever fuels and strategies to improve performance. I remember when Formula One fuel was a toxic concoction of exotic chemicals. So the teams won't willingly go down the road Max wants them to. So instead he creates conditions where they have no choice but to go his way. But he doesn't just try to push one rule to change everything all at once. Instead he is creating a number of rules, over a period of time, that taken together, force the teams towards his agenda.
KERS is here to stay, get used to that. And in the near future, KERS will become so mature that it will be utilized each corner, each braking opportunity, each lap of each race. Fuel savings will be one logical result. There will be a ban on refuelling. Once that rule comes into effect, then Max will just change the rules and reduce the maximum fuel cell size, and thus force the teams to conserve fuel. Then eventually, expect the rules to require bio-fuels.
Now the topic of reducing costs. Since it's almost impossible to force the teams to voluntarily reduce costs, Max introduces a budget cap for those willing to volunteer for this program. And of course, those who do accept a budget cap will be handed opportunities to increase performance, to the extent that they will be competitive, and most likely, be able to beat the teams willing to spend outside the budget cap. Those teams will find themselves forced into the budget cap, because they will never again be able to enjoy success.
For instance, if Ferrari refuse to allow a budget cap, in the near future, they will find themselves being beaten by budgeted teams each and every race. Then what's Ferrari going to do? Accept the budget cap, or leave Formula One.
Max is interested primarily in the future of Formula One. As far as the future of the teams, that is secondary. And history has proven that teams come and go in Formula One. If one leaves, they will be missed for just a short while, and eventually the fans forget. Even Ferrari. Back in the 50's and 60's endurance racing, especially LeMans, was the big motor sport. And Ferrari was a big dog in that discipline. But Ferrari left that kind of racing, and today, I don't see or hear any fans complaining about this. Time is Max's friend.
So although we see what appears to be a mess of confusing and weird rules, they are designed to drive Formula One into the vision of what Max wants. And expect more to come, this isn't the end, but sadly, only the opening phases of a long campaign. Max wants a world engine by 2013, that's just an indication of how far into the future he has this planned.
A proud Canadian, and yes, HOCKEY is our game.