Turbo Engined Cars..
|September 7, 2011||Posted by admin under Formula 1, Road Cars||
I visited a SEAT dealer yesterday, and they tried to sell me a 1.2 Litre engined SEAT Leon for £17,000!
I told them the engine was a bit on the small side, and then the salesman proceeded to tell me it had more torque than the 1.4 litre normally aspirated version. He said “you can walk faster than the 1.4, the 1.2 turbo is way better”.
This got me thinking, is there a conversion factor for Turbo Engine size – Normally Aspirated?
If you look back to the F1 rules of the lates 70′s and 80′s it was double the engine size for normally aspirated engines. 1500cc turbo Vs 3000cc non turbo.
Therefore the SEAT should have been a 2.4 litre engine, not 1.4!
This is a bit simplistic obviously, as the boost pressure is a big factor in power output, which explains why F1 is changing to 1600cc engines…now you’d think why 1.6 when they were 1.5 before, and technology has moved on, and F1 cars have got faster, and they’re always trying to keep a lid on speeds in F1?
The big difference is the fuel flow rate to the engine will be limited in 2014, an only ONE turbo is to be fitted to the engine.
All in all they think the power output of the 1.6 turbo V6 will be the same as the 2.4 V8 engines they use now. ( Also revs are to be limited to 15,000rpm )