Official: Formula One Confirms 4-Cylinder Engines for 2011 image

Formula One cars will be powered by four-cylinder, 1.6 liter engines with a maximum of 12,000 revolutions per minute. For those who don’t know, today F1 cars have 2.4 liter engines running at around 18,000 rpm. So that is quite a difference.

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.

Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this field, the power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 liter with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm.

The engines will deliver a 35% reduction in fuel consumption and will feature extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, while maintaining current levels of performance. In 2013, five engines will be permitted per driver, but each year after that the limit will be four.