izzy wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:40 am
Holm86 wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:20 pm
The current engine regulations are a big factor, these engines are just too advanced, and even if a new manufacturer could build a great engine from scratch, all the other manufactures have 6 years of experience in how to utilise the ERS systems most efficiently that they would need to catch up with.
But is there an engine of any kind that someone could come in and be competitive with? i mean in principle it's not much harder than a high revving V8 is it? If it's fuel flow limited which is pretty fundamental to the whole idea. After that there's just two electromotors and a battery and a turbo and making them work in a fairly obvious way like deploying early for the area under the curve down the straight, charging when you can, and so on. Lots of limits apart from H to K direct.
The hard thing is doing it perfectly and that's the same whatever the engine is. Especially combustion! Fuel, lubricants, cooling, it's always the same. When they were talking about dropping the H Andy Cowell said HPP'd make 100 prototypes of any new engine! i don't think Honda were representative 2015-18, that was more about how they ran the project
I seriously doubt harvest and deployment is as simple as you mention.
There's a reason none of the top teams were interested in new engine regulations for 2021, not just because of cost, but because they have the knowledge and experience on the hybrid technology they don't just want to throw away.
They know that no manufacturer could join F1 today, and be competetive with a new engine in the first years.
If they made new engine regulations, it would be a level playingfield, and those who have the greatest engines now, don't want that.