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The engine history of Formula 1

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The formula is the premier class of motorsport to this day. After all, the racing series prides itself on placing the highest demands on drivers and engineers. In fact, motorsport and Formula 1 in particular are considered to be the reservoirs for the best vehicle developers in the world. Innovations from Formula 1, later also in series production, are used again and again. Of course, a lot of attention is paid to engine development in Formula 1. In the more than 70-year history of the racing series, the engine regulations have received numerous changes. We take a look at the history of Formula 1 engines.

The engine moves from front to back

In the early days of Formula 1, the regulations for the engines still fit on one A4 page. In the first two years, Alfa Romeo dominated with a supercharged engine. The first rule change followed in 1954, which should reduce costs. The naturally aspirated engines were allowed to have a displacement of up to 2500 cm³. This also benefited the German car manufacturer Mercedes, which was able to achieve its first successes in the premier class in the 1950s. Then as now, Mercedes set the tone. Lewis Hamilton is currently part of the Betting from NetBet with a rate of 1,74 (as of April 26th) to the top favorites for the next world title with Mercedes. After Cooper's withdrawal in 04, the British revolutionized vehicle design and the engine moved to the rear of the car.

New rules lead to the Cosworth DFV

Since the Italian automakers from Ferrari and Maserati slept through this development, it was not until the 1960s that Ferrari was once again one of the top teams. In 1961 the FIA ​​introduced a cylinder capacity limit of 1500 cm³ and a minimum vehicle weight of 450 kg. Lotus in particular enjoyed great success in this era. Larger engines were then approved again for the 1966 season. It was during this period that the legendary Cosworth DFV Engine developed. This drive unit dominated the premier class for almost 20 years.

Photo by Ken Anderson on October The engine history of Formula 1
Photo by Ken Anderson on October

The turbo era in Formula 1

If the 1970s were the decade of the Cosworth DFV, so did the turbo engines from the 1980s. There were reservations about this technology for a long time, but Renault made the turbo engine socially acceptable in the early 1980s. Well over 1.000 hp were now the standard. From the 1986 season onwards, every team relied on a turbo. The FIA ​​tried to curb the performance explosions with various rule changes. Above all, the high consumption figures led to a return to naturally aspirated engines in the 1990s.

The hybrid drive is coming

Here again a displacement of up to 3500 cm³ and 12 cylinders was allowed. Above all, it was the time of the designers. Design guru Adrian Newey has built a reputation for himself during his years at McLaren. For 10 years, 10 or 12-cylinder engines dominated Formula 1. In order to reduce costs and emissions, the rules have been increasingly adapted in the sense of “less is more”. From 2006, 2,4 liter V8 engines were popular. With the introduction of the Kers system, an additional electrical drive source, the age of hybrid drives was ushered in. Above all, Mercedes should be mentioned as a pioneer here. Silver Arrow driver Lewis Hamilton is again the top favorite for the title this season. With his eighth World Cup success, he could be crowned Formula 1 record champion.
It will be interesting to see in which direction Formula 1 will develop in the future.

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