• No more engine development in Formula One

    Renault engine
  • Honda engine

The FIA has announced that it will tighten current restrictions and freeze engine development for a decade as of next season. The decision was taken at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, which was held in Paris on Wednesday.

There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting from 2008,” said the statement. “A change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period. Total freeze means that there will be no exceptions for development of certain parts of the engine, as is the case under the current regulations.”

No more engine development in Formula One
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The FIA argues that freezing engine development will cut costs, help reduce speeds and level the playing field between independent teams and the big-budget manufacturers, but the manufacturers wanted to maintain the technological appeal of the sport with continuing development.

Source: Formula 1

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  (132) posted on 10.26.2007

This is kind of dumb, breaks the whole idea of racing.

  (372) posted on 10.25.2007

ANd how will this help F1? The automotive world DEPENDS on race-bred technology for its advancement. When the premier motor racing league is taking steps to align itself with the likes of NASCAR then we are all doomed. Cut costs? The idea of F1 is that if you can’t afford it, head to a lower Formula. There are many of those around.

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