marmer wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:47 pm
Could F1 use a 3 cylinder really high reving engine to a similar power of current engines. Keep turbo hybrids alongside but have unlimited fuel flow just limit over the race the maximum amount of fuel usable.
As far as i can tell this would help reduce engine weight while the revs would help sound levels or would they still sound rubbish and rattle themselves to bits
First of all, you won't get higher revs in a turbo charged engine if you make it smaller. Power is a result of the amount of air/fuel you can get trough the engine. Boost pressure does this. In theory a 7l V8 will have the same power as a 1l 3L with the same boost. That we have 10.500-12.500 rpm range in the current PU comes from the rule that the max fuel flow of 100l/h starts at 10.500. If that minimum wasn't there, the PU's would probably just do around 5000-8000 rpm.
Second, the idea of having no fuel flow limit sounds wonderful, until you start thinking how racing would be. This would be all about saving fuel to have the most fuel for the last few laps. Unlimited fuel flow means, depending how strong your engine is, unlimited power. This would mean nobody wants to lead the race because there will be 19 cars right in his gearbox saving fuel. The race will probably end at the first pit-stop, where everybody will wait in his box until someone will take the lead. If a driver does want's to take his chances and go for max pace over the whole race, everybody will just follow him as close as possible and overtake him in the last lap.... from 1st to 20th....
if it's the old sound you want back, you need old engines.