Are any of the new F1 circuits a patch on Argentina’s beautiful Potrero de los Funes course which hosts today’s FIA GT1 season finale? I don’t think so.
I’m going to be at the Autosport Awards this evening. For those of you following me on Twitter I will try to Tweet from the event but last time I was at the venue it’s being held at I had lousy reception.
Here’s today’s round-up:
The Potrero de los Funes circuit in San Luis, Argentina surely stands out as the best new racing track not currently on the Formula 1 calendar. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a sufficiently high FIA grade to hold F1 races.
But it is hosting the final round of the FIA GT1 world championship today, and the whole thing is being broadcast live online. If you’re in Britain, you can also see the race at from 5:30pm on the Bloomberg news channel.
Don’t miss it, it’s a phenomenal circuit – here’s a few pictures from the weekend so far:
“F1 is aware that it has an image for being profligate with resources. In an era when there is increasing pressure on energy supplies, it is nervous about its position as an activity that literally burns fossil fuels for fun. By introducing these new rules, F1 is hoping it can go some way towards insulating itself against accusations that it is an irrelevant waste of resources.”
The private island owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.
Comment of the day
So how much power can you get out of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine as F1 will use in2013? Cyanide offers some thoughts:
1.6L, 4-cylinder bangers can produce upwards of 700whp [wheel horse power] when running moderately big turbos with 20-25 psi of boost and 8-9,000 rpm.
Make the F1 engineers have a crack at it and they will easily produce 1,000whp with 35-40 psi of boost on huge turbos running 12-15,000rpm. All the people whining about the racing being boring in 2013 do not know what small engines can accomplish.
This is a video of a famous tuning shop in the US tuning a 1.6L Honda and producing 600whp at the last dyno run:
The car went on to make over 700whp and sub-nine second quarter mile passes on cast pistons costing $125 US for a set of four!
With forged and light parts, F1 engineers should be able to make double the power of these tiny Honda engines.
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On this day in F1
I’m going to the Autosport Awards tonight where the new McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year will be announced.
A previous winner, Anthony Davidson, signed a test deal with BAR on this day ten years ago. He later drove for them as a substitute in the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix.
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