Following reports from early last week, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council approved regulations that will see the current 2.4-litre V8 engines dropped at the end of the 2012 season.
According to the FIA, the new engines will reduce fuel consumption by 35 percent.
“The WMSC approved the introduction of a new specification engine from 2013, underlining the FIA’s commitment to improving sustainability and addressing the needs of the automotive industry,” the FIA explained.“Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this field, the power units will be four-cylinders, 1.6-litre with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar.”
Formula One has assured drivers and fans they will still enjoy the same level of performance from the new cars, with energy recovery and additional energy management systems to be utilised.
The four-cylinder engines will be limited to 12,000rpm, down from the current V8’s maximum of 18,000rpm.
The number of engines a driver can use will also be decreased, down from the current eight per season to five per season in 2013. This will be further reduced to four engines per driver per season in subsequent years.