In theory, this sounds great... had not all the current engine manufactures invested so many billions into their current power units. They'd all just keep running with what they already have and optimise accordingly.
Batteries are also unfriendly to the environment right now, but there is a big battery push to get over the sustainability hump.Rodak wrote: ↑Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:09 amYeah, it is. I'm not sure if you're joking or not, but assuming you aren't.... The power density of liquid hydrogen is much greater than the gas; I'm sure you can guess why; it's a liquid, not a gas. Having racing cars driving around with tanks of 5000 psi hydrogen gas just seems so safe. Have you ever moved a tank of compressed gas around? Sure, they could make carbon fiber wound tanks, but do some volume calculations and see how big they would have to be to go 300 kilometers - this is F1 Technical after all.
Edited to add: It takes about 34% of the available energy in liquid hydrogen to compress and chill it to a liquid from room temperature, so there's a bit of a negative factor for environmental friendliness; that's electricity that has to be generated just to make the liquid. Then add in that hydrogen is made from methane (natural gas) by a steam process. Hydrogen isn't as eco friendly as you might think.... Let's not even mention electrolysis and electricity usage.
If RedBull can pay for it..but Honda will not be interested in training another set of engineers, and use of floor space to service another engine program. The design of the engine is also very sensitive information, so I think Honda will not sell that IP any time soon.
If Red Bull went off and made their own series with 3.9L Cosworth V12 engines (as if Matechtiz and Marko give a stuff about the environment or road relevance!) it would be wonderful IMO... There would be drives not just for Verstappen, Albon, Gasly & Hulkenberg but also Kvyat, Hartley, Vips, Tsunoda, Kubica, Magnussen... all the Red Bull old-timers & others with budget would be welcome, and as we have seen, tracks like Imola and Portimao are more than willing to host Grand Prixs!
What revenge? Just because Renault make engines? They've not won a race with anyone else bar RedBull in the hybrid era and RedBull have gone and won races with Honda.
I just had an image of steam blowing the windows out at Ferrari HQ when they read thatEdax wrote: ↑Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:05 amHere’s a thought. Mercedes has been rumored to sell their F1 team.
I doubt that deal would include engine dev. That is too close to Merc core technology. Not having a team affiliated to their name would mean they can be less picky about who they supply to.
Mercedes now supplies to 3 teams, 4 next year. 5 and 6 have just become available.
The step to a semi-spec series based around a single engine has suddenly become very small.