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FIA Dumps 2013 Formula 1 Engine Change as Audi Calls the Sport Irrelevant

The debate about new Formula 1 engine regulations for the 2013 season has largely come and gone without much fuss.

For awhile, there was a strong push for a four-cylinder, turbocharged effort, rev-limited to around 12,000 RPM. This was originally touted as a green initiative, designed to deliver a 35 percent reduction in fuel consumption while still delivering equivalent power to the current 2.4-litre V8's.

And that’s fine—if you like your F1 cars to sound like lawnmowers.

Fortunately, sanity prevailed and there has been compromise. A higher-revving V6 will be introduced in 2014.

The change of heart came about thanks to resistance from most of the engine manufacturers, with the exception of Renault, ...

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