For people following the developments in F1 and motor sports this might be an old news. But keeping this in the context, I wanted to bring up the newly debated topic of reduction of Cylinders in Car engines.
First of all the news -
The FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has approved new regulations which will see the 2.4 litre V8s currently used by Formula One teams replaced by four cylinder 1.6 litre engines from 2013. The decision to give the go-ahead to the changes follows lengthy discussions between the FIA, engine manufacturers and specialists. |
The more environmentally-friendly units are expected to deliver a 35 percent reduction in fuel consumption, whilst providing the same level of performance enjoyed by today's F1 drivers. Energy recovery systems and additional energy management will be utilised to ensure this is possible.
For details see - Formula 1
Being a technical graduate myself and having read about engines during my not so educative years, I had always thought that more cylinders meant more power and uniform distribution of output. During recent years, the idea of reducing the engine sizes in terms of cylinders is catching up. With the latest breed of VW hatches running on 3-pots, I always thought that how a brand like VW would give justice to its value? And then I drove one!!!
I am not sure of what technical improvements or advancements have been done to make those 3-cyl engines run smoother or give uniform power output, but they dont look like the ones with which we are used to from yester-years!
With now awe-inspiring F1 technologies also moving towards smaller engines with better performance and reduced emissions, this is getting hard for me to digest. Is this our new future, as I read in some other thread that it is better to go for petrol engine, as there is a reliable chance of some alternative fuel being used in coming years? Who can answer all these doubts?
Surely google aint helping here!