saviour stivala wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:03 pm
The approach was exactly as it is today, (with today's engine formula). That is to 'extract' as much power as one could. First comes the quest for maximum power. That is something that had never changed.
i fully agree , like already written above .
you can say that the basic approach on anything always was and always will be to win the race .
engine rules by FIA always were made to keep the power outputs at an acceptable level for safety reasons while the engineers tried and will try to reach more power out of given rules.
in the V10 era the basic rule to 'limit' the output was a maximum permitted displacement on an atmo engine . since many other things were not regulated it resulted in heavy developing , enourmous costs and engines reaching power outputs which started to leave the comfort zone of FIA in relation to safety concerns as well to the costs .
trying to limit further increase in output and also costs things like rev limiting and minimum mileage out of an engine were introduced.
today , with if course the same goal to have the best engine and car - to win the race - we have sonce 2014 a new approach to control power output levels and costs : limit the amount of fuelflow .
since there are physical limits what an piston engine can extract in useful power out of the overall energy stored in a droplet of petrol fuel you could leave everything else free .
the only reason its a 1.6litre V6 is to spec it to a common basic design for every team and prevent very costly different approaches how to extract the most power out of the overall energy stored in the fuel.