2006: V8 development

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2006 was the first of a string of F1 years with V8 engines after a rather long period of running with the 3 litre V10 engines. Although engine manufacturers claimed it would not reduce costs (and they were right) the FIA pushed the proposal through since the level of performance was increasing too quickly. The end of the V10 was closed with Honda topping 1000hp before dropping around 250hp when running at Bahrain in 2006. Most manufacturers proved not to be ready but all have gained performance and made sure their to be homologated engines are good contenders for 2007. As of 2007 there is a limit on 19000 rpm and only very strict development. This season might become closer than ever and it certainly will be in terms of engines.

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