A Formula One engine has seen many forms over the years of existence starting from 1950. Over the years, the F1 fraternity has worked hard to lower down the fuel emissions while not compromising with the power and horsepower.
With the advancements of new technology, an engine is getting more and more complex.
We take a look at the story of a Formula One engine through the years..
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Formula One Engine Through the Years
(4.500cc aspirated or 1.500cc compressed – 1950 and 51/2.000cc aspirated or 500cc compressed – 1952/53)
The Formula One engine concept existed before but the World Championship was only established in 1950. The priority at that time was to reconstruct Europe and Japan after WW II. The same engine rules used before the conflict were retained in the first years. Normally aspirated units with no more than 4.500cc (1.500cc compressed power plants also allowed. While the German were absent (Audi and Auto Union dominated formula races between wars), the Italian contingent appeared in strength to clinch first GP win and title (both with Giuseppe Farina, in an Alfa Romeo).
Soon the Arese brand, Maserati and a then young Ferrari had company – Talbot and Gordini, from France, and British Bristol and Connaught joined. Power, at the time, oscillated between 325 and 425hp. On 1952, authorities decided to embrace the F-2 rule book, bringing engines down to 2.000cc without compressors and a mere 500cc with it). Under those rules, new power plants couldn’t deliver more than 190hp, but Italian dominance continued.