The Technical Regulations for 2013 were approved:
- Power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 litre with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm, with extensive energy management and energy recovery systems (now known as ERS), reflecting the decision taken by the WMSC in December 2010
- The aerodynamic regulations have been based on 2011 rules, with modifications in order to improve the aerodynamic efficiency: together with the power train rules, this will enable a 35% reduction in fuel consumption
- The height of the tip of the nose will be limited to ensure better compatibility in a T-bone style accident
- A limitation on transmissions (gear ratios, number of gearboxes) in order to decrease costs
- The overall weight of the car must be no less than 660kg
Personally, I still remember the first time I heard an F1 engine in the flesh, and it's one of my earliest memory overall.
I remember my whole body being shaken around and my chest feeling funny as a very very young kid when we crossed over the track on a pedestrian bridge, I was scared sh*tless but ultimately I think it's probably what pushed me to be a motorsports and F1 fan.
I don't think the kids born around now will have that much of a life-changing experience when they hear the new 2013 lump, which IMO is a shame.