BREAKING NEWS: Formula One to go fully electric in 2021
The 2021 regulations are set to be that much more exciting now.
Today (Monday 1st April 2019) the FIA has announced that the FIA Formula One World Championship will be switching to all-electric engines by 2021. In an extraordinary general meeting between Liberty Media and the FIA yesterday, the proposals for all-electric engines were passed as part of the new regulations for the 2021 season.
In a statement, FIA president Jean Todt was quoted as saying the following: "Today marks an important step in Formula One's long and illustrious history. The decision to move to all-electric powertrains has been talked about for years, but only now have we decided to move forward with this idea. Formula One has a proud reputation for being at the forefront of innovations in racing technology, which is being highlighted by the ground-breaking regulations that shall be introduced in time for the 2021 season."
Questions have been raised about the capability of all-electric powertrains in motorsport - especially in single-seater series such as ABB Formula E. However, Formula One management are confident that the technology being used for the electric powertrains will be sufficient for the high-speed nature of F1. At a press conference after the meeting - Ross Brawn, Formula One's Managing Director of Motorsports stated the following:
"Our in-house designers have been rigorously testing a prototype all-electric powertrain for about a year now, and I am pleased to say that based on test results - Formula One as a sport will excel with all-electric engines."
When asked about the power output of the prototype, Brawn was confident that the only difference between the current V6 hybrid engines and the new all-electric engines would be the sound quality: "In terms of performance, it produces the same amount of horsepower and speed of a V6 hybrid - so really, the only noticeable difference that our viewing audience will notice is the sound. Even then, teams will have free range to alter the sound of the engine."
As a result of this announcement, fans having been questioning if these regulation changes will usher in new teams to the sport. As of now, Tesla & Rimac look like they are the favourites to enter F1 - if their recent interaction on Twitter was anything to go by:
WRITERS OPINION - WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE...
I honestly never thought I would see this in my lifetime, but it looks like F1 are actually doing this. Of course, this decision will divide fans - but personally I think that this has been a long time coming, and eventually fans will come around to the idea of an all-electric Formula One (just like they started to love the halo, the current logo, Brian Tyler's musical masterpiece and Valtteri Bottas).
Before I forget, happy April Fools day...