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The FIA has revealed the following details regarding its plan to reform Formula One's technical regulations for the start of the 2008 season. It's main goals are to reduce the costs of competing in the sport, whilst simultaneously attempt to increase competitiveness. The proposed changes are awaiting review/feedback:

A single, control-spec Engine Control Unit (ECU) for all competitors, "manufactured by an FIA designated supplier to an agreed specification." This would make it possible to effectively enforce a ban on driver aids like traction control.

Standard gearboxes fitted with common parts for all cars - with control to be via a driver-operated clutch pedal and gearshift similar to those of a conventional manual-transmission road car.

Revised bodywork to reduce downforce by approximately 90 percent while allowing cars a wider track. This would allow cars to follow each other far closer through corners without the loss of aerodynamic grip and thus would be likely to increase opportunities for drivers to pass each other.

Tyres supplied by a single manufacturer to all teams, the reintroduction of slick tyres and larger wheels - plus a ban on tyre-heating devices.

A "minimum specified" centre-of-gravity for every Formula One chassis and improved impact testing, again to increase competitiveness, but also driver impact protection.

Standard brakes for all competitors to reduce development costs.

Greater control over which materials can be used for the construction of a car's bodywork - similar to changes controlling the use of "exotic" materials in engines that go into place in 2006.

The compulsory installation of a starter motor.

A ban on spare cars, with only spare chassis permitted at events.

A limit on testing to a maximum of 30,000km per team per year.

The right for a team to buy a complete car or any part of a car from another constructor, with "further discussion" over how this would effect the award of Constructors' Championship points.
source www.formula1.com

This changes are a load of [censored]. Sure, I'm all about competitiveness, but another appealing part of F1 is the innovative technology that is put on these vehicles.

A standard gearbox? you gotta be kidding me, where the hell is the stick going to be located? right on their crotch? I don't see any way of achieving this unless you apply some major modifications. I'd hate to see all the aspects of F1 being standardized accross the board.

I also don't understand F1's desire to keep these independent teams around, can someone please make sense out of all of this?

May the replys start now...
 

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Yes Repost, but as you stated. A load of crap!!!!!
 

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Uh doesn't the FIA already have a series like that? cough GP2 cough.
 

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Damn it! Will this be my first locked thread?, I always hoped it would never happen to me. Oh well

The article just came out, I don't know how you guys pull all this information so quick. I guess because this is the official announcement, there must have been some information available beforehand, and thus already posted on focaljet. Forgive this Junior member...

What is GP2 anyways?
 

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Road Rally Forum guys live for this stuff


http://www.focaljet.com/ubbthreads/showf...ge=1#2416905407

PS GP2 is basically Spec Forumula 1
Spec Engine, Tranny, etc...

Formula One is supposed to be the fastest most advanced cars in the world, with competing tire companies, engine builders (constructors), Manufacturers, and so on. It's supposed to be the best of the best and yes it's expensive. But that's what comes with being the best.

Here is a pic of a GP2 car!
 

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The FIA is trying to destory all the top race series for some reason. They keep screwing around with both WRC and F1 and come up with the stupidest rules.
 

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This smells alot like the carcass of group C-GTP.
 

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Wow, take those regulations and add next years 2.4l V-8 and you have the CART rules for 1999! I guess the perfect car for the formula now would be an old Reynard.....
 
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