Renault are putting their money in electric - and the new V6 also has a lot of electric on it...
My point is that the future is electric, not V6 turbos. The energy recovery systems don't care if they're hooked up to a V6, V4, V10, turbo or not.
Every manufacturer, Merc and Ferrari included, are downsizing to deliver the same power with improved emissions.
.... Ferrari, unlike Renault on the other hand, does not have an all electric future to look forward to in 10 years. They will not be trying to sell an all electric car "that Enzo would have been proud of". IC street cars are on the way out; 125,00 rpms are not going to show up in a Mercedes $8000 econo box to compete with a Renault electric car one day. There is no relevance.
And they seem to be saying that this new engine is relevant for street cars, rather than the opposite. I'm assuming they know what they're talking about.
I am assuming they know what they *want*, but it doesn't mean that matches what they're *saying* they want.
But F1 exists as a mix of all of entertainment and technology research, surely, as the pinnacle?
No, F1 exists as entertainment, period. Everything else is secondary. Partly because it's supposed to be the pinnacle in car performance; not the "pinnacle of possible street car oblique relevance".
But once you learn something new - as you do with new rules - then that knowledge can surely be adapted and transferred...
I'm not saying it can't be, I'm sure they'll learn things about bearing failure, injector nozzles, integrating ERS, a lot of things. But that is a knock-on feature, not by design - if they wanted it to really be street car relevant, they'd make the electric side wide open and we'd see the benefit of a ton of money dumped into research for smaller, lighter batteries and so forth. 125,000 rpm turbos, and 500 bar injection is NOT going to end up in a street car most people will ever be able to purchase in the future.
On the other hand, tricky regs like that does prevent an upstart company... say, one started by a former F1 team boss, or a smaller company from maybe .. Korea.... from actually being competitive against the Big Boys. If they had wanted to actually control costs they would simply have used the same engines, would they not? Instead, they will be throwing a ton of money at arcane, diminishing returns IC technology, that smaller companies obviously can't compete at.
Edited by Rubens Hakkamacher, 12 January 2013 - 15:44.