February 24, 2006 With the Formula 1 season just three weeks away, one of the more interesting expressions of interest posted to the web this week was tucked away inside the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) site – the on-line home of international motorsport and the world’s 213 motoring organizations. In readiness for the 2008 Formula 1 season, the FIA is seeking expressions of interest to supply all Formula 1 teams with a standard electronic control system as part of the drive to cut costs.
The supplied system will be required to control an 8 cylinder engine, a 6 or 7 speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox and hydraulic multi-plate carbon clutch, an hydraulic differential and an energy recovery system. The supplied system will also be required to include steering wheel electronics, data acquisition and logging capability sufficient for all control, diagnostic and chassis performance analysis functions with fast data upload capability, an accident data recorder and a single infrastructure telemetry system. That should keep a few hundred engineers off the streets for the next month!
Those potential suppliers expressing an interest will be invited to submit a formal bid with a view to supplying the Formula 1 teams in accordance with a procedure which will be administered and regulated by the FIA. A dossier with a more detailed description of the technical requirements of the system itself and of the procedure for submitting bids will be sent to those who register an interest on or before 31 March 2006.