F1 and IndyCar set to copy Champ Car The more things change the more they stay the same. CART/Champ Car had it right all along and now, after destroying them, the IRL and F1 are set to copy them with turbo engines and more underbody ground effects. The sport was set back 20 years to now finally get back to where CART was 20 years ago.
Formula One looks set for a return to turbo engines and ground effect cars for the 2013 Championship.
With F1 looking to become more environmentally friendly and keep costs to a minimum, the sport has put together several Working Groups to look at various ways that F1 could achieve those aims.
According to Autosport, one idea being discussed is the use of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that would be handed a power boost through Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).
Added to that, Williams' technical director Sam Michael revealed that the teams are also keen to introduce a fuel flow rate limit.
"Rather than dump as much fuel in as we can at the moment, there will be a fuel flow meter - so you won't be able to blow more than a certain amount of fuel. It is a good chunk less than we had at the moment," he said.
As for ground effect cars, Michael added: "They are talking about putting a greater proportion of downforce to the diffuser, a ground effect car - like the early 1980's.
"They have been looking at that, as well as increasing crash protection at the front of the car by moving the sidepods further forwards."
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