Thanks for your feedback guys.. Stingray.. on some points I do agree with you, but my arguement here is not based on "Can a 4 cylinder be a
good engine"? or "Is a 4 cylinder a
good engine"?. I myself have owned 'lil Fix It Again Tonys and your 'lil Alfa's in which I absolutly adored being so agile and full of life, I've even built a RB30 which produced 980 HP on 28 psi and was no way near its limit and that's out of a 6 cylinder, so I do understand that with today's technology regardless of cubes and number of cylinders you can
make a killer engine.. even with
Power output for these 2013 engines will be the same as they are now @ 750 hp so I don't doubt that with all these years of experience they've accumulated and the extensive thought processes involved.. innovation has
taken us this far, but
4 cylinders don't belong in F1, maybe in GP2 or GP3 but not in such a class of motorsport.. the pinnacle in such advancement and of course.. The Prestige.
Take for example the V8 supercar series and our Bathurst 1000? How do you think the Australian public would react if the FIA was to replace them with eco- friendly 4 cylinder engines? Ask those who follow it religiously why they love it so much, why they would go and watch every race and they'll tell you " 'Cause It's a V8", or " The sound of 'em", or " It's part of our history, part of our tradtion as enthusiasts". My point is simple, sometimes change just doesn't belong.
The beauty of F1 has come from innovation, I agree with you every step of the way, I still freak it when I think about how Mclaren managed to sneak in their fiddle brake system.. on how Tyrell's six wheeled car managed to word its way around the rules and regulations like the double diffuser in 2009. Look at the blown diffuser debate? with the exception of HRT and Virgin, all other teams are using what they call a "cold blowing system" and now we've learnt that Red Bull and I think Ferrari also, are using a "hot blowing system" for their diffuser which I understand it to be similar to Anti-lag ( Fuel + ignition + Retarded Timing )
The likes of Ferrari, Mercedes and even Renault incorparate what they learn @ the track into their road cars but obviously not all "helping aids" can be used. I remember there was much speculation during the development of the 458 being the first road car to have KERS. But then again we've seen Ferrari use ground effects on the F50, E-diff on the 430, carbon ceramic brakes etc and your right, the F1 paddle shift has become the standard to customers which was offered only as an option how ironic eh? I do agree that having that F1 feel was a major selling point for Ferrai based on the success of innovation brought from the track to the road, but
for some reason I don't quite buy the full value that dropping the stick shift is based on sales or customer demand, I think there's more to it or maybe it's just pure and simple.. Technology is driving us into the future.