New engines in, ban on team orders lifted.
The changes extend beyond next year, as well. Come 2012, broadcasters will be able to listen in on team radio communications, while in 2013, the previously-discussed 1.6 liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder that maxes out at 12,000 rpm becomes the racing series's new engine of choice. The new engine reportedly uses 35 percent less fuel while delivering equivalent performance—which works out to a savings of about 9,246 gallons of fuel per team per year. Or, to put it another way, that means each team will pump 178 fewer tons of CO2 into the air every year. Sounds like a win-win to us. [via CNN]