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BY: Bix

FIA: Formula One Cars Must Go All-Electric In 2014

…when the car is on pit lane.

Since it can seem the FIA hands down new rules more often then Bill Maher, we sometimes lose track of all the little tweaks and changes the governing body has made. But one of their rules issued for the 2014 racing year caught our attention: starting that year, all F1 cars must use exclusively electric power while on pit lane.

That means when the car is pulling into or out of the pits, those new 1.6 liter V6s sitting behind the drivers should stay as quiet as Eric Cantor when he realizes he needs to borrow a pen from President Obama—no sparking and no fuel allowed. Those V6s will be restricted to 15,000 rpm, while the maximum output for the KERS system has been jacked up to 120kW (161 hp)—double the current output. The minimum weight for the cars themselves gets a bump from 1,408 lbs. to 1,452 lbs., as well.

Of course, the FIA's full list of new rules runs 77 pages long (if you're really bored, you can check it out here), so there's plenty of other facts and figures to go around. We won't spoil them all for you, but we will mention that laser fuel ignition remains verboten through 2014. [via FIA, Pitpass]

  • logan says:
    July 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Maybe it's just me, but this seems really cool. A few very interesting elements coming into play here. Best part of the article though: "...restricted to 15,000 rpm..." Those two things don't belong in the same sentence normally.

  • Mike says:
    July 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Certainly an interesting way to "force hybrids", but why would F1 want to force hybrids anyway? It seems like a needless expense to the teams, and a relatively pointless gimmick. F1 should be about pure speed, plain and simple. It is not like the F1 cars contribute to the greenhouse gases in any measurable way as it is -- so what is the point? A way to fake being "eco-friendly"? The production, abuse and disposal of the batteries would probably be far worse to the planet than just running the fuel it takes in pit lane. On a potentially absurd note, might there be a safety issue if pit crews don't hear another car coming down pit lane?

  • Edward says:
    July 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Quite interesting! I can't wait to see how they get the electric motor and battery in there with only a 44 pound bump in weight.

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