FIA announces 10 year engine development freeze for Formula One 

Written by David on October 24th, 2007 at 6:06 pmLast Update: October 24th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Ferrari F1 EngineFIA’s World Motor Sport Council met in Paris today and ratified an imminent 10 year freeze on Formula One engine development. The news follows reports last weekend that Max Mosley rejected the alternative proposal of the sport’s six car manufacturers for the future engine rules. The manufacturers wanted a 675 horsepower formula for 2010 and beyond comprising four race engines and an energy recovery “boost” button…

But FIA President, Max Mosley, rejected the proposal because the carmakers would not agree to supply customer engines to private teams for 10 million euros per season.

“There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting from 2008,” a statement issued by the Paris-based FIA announced on Wednesday. A change can be made after 5 years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period. Total freeze means that there will be no exceptions for development of certain parts of the engine, as is the case under the current regulations,” the statement reads.

The World Motor Sport Council also ratified Spyker’s request to change its name next year to Force India, and confirmed that the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix next September will be staged under artificial lights at night. Additionally, Ferrari has been allowed to provide engines to two different teams for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Italian marque presently powers the Toro Rosso and Spyker cars.

source: GMM

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