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World Motorsport Council sign off on 2017 engine regulations // Power unit supply and sound on the agenda

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World Motorsport Council sign off on 2017 engine regulations
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After Formula One bosses tried and failed to come to an agreement about engines, the F1 Commission finally got the teams to come together and submit a proposal for 2017’s power unit regulations. The WMSC have ratified the proposed changes, with the FIA saying: “The global agreement on power units covers four key areas relating to the cost and supply price, obligation to supply, performance convergence and the sound of the power units.”

Although the specifics are still to be decided, we know that the price set by engine suppliers will be lowered, and there will be an obligation to supply to a team who find themselves without power.

The current engine token system will be removed but further regulations put in place to make things firstly a lot simpler, but secondly not to bring about an engine design arms race.

Finally, the sound of the cars could become more generic as there is set to be a “standard power unit exhaust sound generator” which could be introduced next year but is more likely to be on the cars in 2018 instead.