Formula One fans across the world have voiced their disdain for the sport's muffled, less exciting turbo-V6 engines. F1 made the switch to forced induction back in 2014, and ever since, people have been wondering when they'd get to hear the blissful scream of V8 or V10 engines again. Well, we've got some bad news. According to the president of the FIA, it's not going to happen any time soon.
FIA President Jean Todt was asked about the potential for the return of V8 or V10 engines into F1 cars. " in an interview with Auto Magazine. "We have a responsibility to run an organization monitored by global society. And global society will not accept that."
"Indeed, I'm sure if you said, 'let's go back to engines from 10 years ago', many manufacturers would not support such a move. I'm convinced a minimum of three out of four would leave," he added.
He went on to defend the sport's focus on staying green, dropping an interesting statistic regarding actual race pollution. "When you see all of the emphasis that is put on climate change, on pollution, I feel we have the responsibility to participate. It is true a Formula 1 race will create less pollution than one plane going from Paris to New York, but we must be an example," he said. "And to be an example we cannot allow ourselves to create unnecessary pollution because it's just the wrong image."
Though it might seem like a good idea to represent F1 as "green" to the outside world, fans who care about things like sound and excitement might not look at it the same way. Guess we'll have to wait until at least 2020 to find out where the future of Formula One will take us.