Ferrari Wants GDI Turbocharged Engines in F1 from 2013
According to Ferrari's CEO Amedeo Felisa, who is present at the Beijing Auto Show these days, the path that Formula One should follow for the future in terms of engine development is the Gasoline Direct Injection concept, as it cuts fuel consumption very efficiently.
“If F1 has to develop something helpful for real driving conditions, then the best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI. That is what we would support. It is the best solution for driving efficiency and utilization of the engine in a positive way,” Felisa was quoted as saying by British publication Autocar.
According to several rumors in recent weeks, F1 is preparing to switch to 670 bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged engines from 2013 onwards, something that Ferrari should be particularly happy with. For those of you who don't remember, the Italian manufacturer was the first to win an F1 title on turbocharged units, back in 1982.
Additionally, Felisa insisted that if the series were to adopt such a technology a few years from now and develop it properly, it could have a positive influence on the road car industry as well, as it will provide the car manufacturers worldwide with the right elements to develop fuel-efficient powerplants.
Mercedes' motorsport director Norbert Haug was the first one to issue a call for technological development in F1 from 2013 onwards, as this is what sets the series apart from any other racing championship in the world.
“The fascinating thing about Formula 1 is it's fast, it's loud, it's on the limit. We can discuss green initiatives, but Formula 1 needs to be technically driven. If you fly from Europe to Japan on a 747, you would use more fuel than an entire F1 season. We need to see the whole picture,” said Haug for Autosport.