April 2014 Thread
Thought-provoking prose and images TBD. Here’s some candy.
In the meantime, March is loading slow. Let’s move on over to April please.
The new 1.6-liter, 6-cylinder, hybrid engines have two forms of energy recuperation, from braking and from exhaust heat. They are so quiet compared to their 2.4-liter, 8-cylinder, normally aspirated predecessors that spectators no longer need the earplugs commonly used amid the roar and scream at the pinnacle of auto racing. One visitor even likened the sound of the new engine to that of a golf cart.
ut for the series’ commercial director, Bernie Ecclestone, the notion of small, quiet engines had long represented a potential nightmare.
“I was sorry to be proved right with what I’ve said all along,” Ecclestone said after the Grand Prix in Australia on March 16. “These cars don’t sound like racing cars.”
After that first race, one of Ecclestone’s allies, the local race promoter in Melbourne, Ron Walker, not only complained, but said that he thought it was a breach of contract with Formula One.