- 4.34 mpg (UK)
- 3.61 mpg (US)
Compare this with the P85 V10:
- 3.53 mpg (UK)
- 2.94 mpg (US)
They are still intending to run the 2.4 V8 passed 2011 so we wont see any really drastic increase in economy for some time to come. But then again, just because an F1 car gets ridiculous economy doesn't mean it can't go across into the regular automotive industry in a beneficial manner (regular road engines don't rev anywhere near as high so that would make a positive improvement right away).
But anyway, this is sort of a moot point as all the increased safety standards in F1 cars still haven't been taken across into the automotive industry. They should think about safety before economy. Global warming is a myth...we are still in the midst of an ice age so of course things are going to continue to warm as we leave it (by definition an ice age is any time during the earth's lifespan when there is ice at the poles). It's all a load of bollocks and Max shouldn't be allowed to get away with this. We aren't running out of oil any time soon and the automotive manufacturers are doing a BETTER job than the introduction of KERS. Making our ICEs more efficient is only delaying the inevitable -- crisis point with resources.
But remember the 4 cyl turbos wont rev anywhere near as high as the current V8s so would sound a lot worse. I drive a race-derived Integra Type R and on VTEC is sounds excellent...but it is no F1 car.captainmorgan wrote:There's nothing wrong with the way a 1.5L turbo 4 cylinder sounds. Flat plane V8's, like what F1 engines have, use a firing order of two 4 cylinder engines firing simultaneously, so they will sound alike. KERS isnt necessarily silent, it might have a unique sound to it that would undeniably be associated with go-fast
Yes, with just one bank and with a turbo it would be quieter, and the v8's and v10's sounded great. But sound energy both signifies and equals wasted energy, and all else being equal, I'd rather have the faster car win rather than a louder car.
Oh and your point about sound energy being wasted energy...well it is, but it is negligable. It takes about 100W to produce the sound that the current cars do (140dB)...compare that with the almost 1MW in wasted heat and it means nothing.