In a commendable and sensible move, the European Union has published a report (CARS 21) calling for Formula One to switch to a four-cylinder, bio-fuel powered formula with the aim being to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
"With the support of the motor manufacturers competing in Formula One and, with the engineering expertise unique to the sport, we hope that new technical regulations will encourage a transfer of energy efficient technologies into the domestic car market for the wider benefit of society," says the report.
CARS 21 acknowledges the role of the Federation Internationale d'Automobile (FIA), in being able to push for technological solutions that can potentially decrease CO2 emissions and improve efficiency in motor sport, such as smaller capacity engines, bio-fuels and hybrid technology. It also recognises that environmental technology can benefit greatly, from wider public acceptance via greater exposure in motorsport.
FIA are not turning their backs on the report either, noting that they are more than satisfied with the EU recognising the role that motor sport can play in the green future of the motor vehicle.
"It is immensely satisfying that the European Parliament recognises the role motor sport can play in the advancement of green technologies and supports the work undertaken by the FIA in its policy campaigning to make motoring more sustainable in the future. With the support of the motor manufacturers competing in Formula One and, with the engineering expertise unique to the sport, we hope that new technical regulations will encourage a transfer of energy efficient technologies into the domestic car market for the wider benefit of society," said FIA president Max Mosley
Formula One has recently made the move to smaller capacity engines with the decrease from 3.0-litre V10?s to 2.4-litre V10?s in 2006. If the EU?s recommendations are undertaken over the coming years does this mean that we could see a return to the heady days of turbo powered four-cylinder engines in Formula One? Is anyone interested in watching 1200hp turbo-charged ethanol powered cars take to the track? Um, yes...