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Honda free to develop PU in 2015

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17/01/2015

The FIA has agreed to allow Honda to develop its power unit in 2015 in line with rival manufacturers.

Previously, the Japanese manufacturer, which returns to F1 with McLaren this season, looked set to lose out as it was treated as a new manufacturer and thereby subject to 2014 homologation regulations.

Ferrari and Renault, seizing on a loophole in the regulations, were able to put the FIA into a position whereby homologation was allowed to continue in to the season whereas in 2014 there was clear cut off date (28 February).

However, as a new manufacturer entering the sport, Honda was deemed as being subject to the 2014 regulations, a move the Japanese giant saw as leaving it at a distinct disadvantage.

Concerned at the situation, representatives from Honda met with the FIA earlier this week and having considered the matter Charlie Whiting has now given the Japanese manufacturer the all-clear and will be allowed to make a certain number of modifications in order to maintain a degree of competitiveness in line with its three rivals.

"As each of the four 2015 manufacturers will have an homologated power unit at the start of the season, we believe it would be fair to ensure that each of them enjoys equal opportunities for upgrades during the season," wrote Whiting on Friday.

"We will therefore allow the new manufacturer to use the same number of tokens that the other three manufacturers have available to them, taken as an average of the three.

"For example, if the three 2014 manufacturers have eight, seven and five unused tokens respectively at the start of the season, then the new manufacturer will be allowed to use six during the season (the average rounded down to the nearest whole number)."

Under the complicated system, the manufacturers have 32 tokens (in total) to use this season, decreasing to 25 in 2016 and 20 in 2017 (see table).

The move will frustrate Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault who had argued that when they homologated their units in 2014 there was no benchmark, whereas Honda has now had a full season in which to observe the successes and pitfalls of its rivals.

With no apparent time limit set on when the tokens must be used by it is likely that development will take place over the course of the season rather than before Melbourne or even the start of the European season.

Annual Power Unit Homologation

Function Function Details Token Value
(Weight)
'15 '16 '17 '18 '19/
'20
Upper/lower crankcase Cylinder bore spacing, deck height, bank stagger. 2 X X X X X
Upper/lower crankcase All dimensions including Cylinder bore position relative to legality volume, water core. 3 X X X X
Cylinder Head Except modifications linked to subsequent modifications. 2 X
Combustion All parts of parts defining combustion. Included: Ports, Piston crown, Combustion chamber, Valves geometry, timing, lift, injector nozzle, coils, spark plug Excluded: Valves position. 3 X
Valves axis position Includes angle but excludes axial displacement 2 X X
Valves drive From valve to camshaft lobe. Position and Geometry. Exhaust and Inlet. Including valve return function inside the head. 2 X X
Valve drive - Camshafts From camshaft lobe to gear train. Geometry except lift profile. Includes damping systems linked to camshaft. Exhaust and Inlet. 1 X X X X
Valve drive Gear train down to crankshaft gear included. Position and Geometry. Includes dampers. 2 X X X X
Covers Covers closing the areas in contact with engine oil Cam covers, Cam-timing covers… 1 X X X X
Crankshaft Crank throw, main bearing journal diameter, rod bearing journal diameter. 2 X X X X X
Crankshaft Except Crank throw, main bearing journal diameter, rod bearing journal diameter. Includes Crankshaft bearings. 2 X X
Con rods Including small and big end bearings. 2 X
Pistons Including bearings and pin. Excluding crown. 2 X
Air valve system Including compressor, air pressure regulation devices. 1 X X X X X
Ancillaries drive From ancillary to power source. Includes position of the ancillaries as far as drive is concerned. 3 X X X X
Oil pressure pumps Including filter. Excluding internal if no impact on body. 1 X X
Oil scavenge systems Any scavenging system. 1 X X
Oil recuperation Oil/air separator, Oil tank, catch tank. 1 X
Engine Water pumps Include power unit mounted water pipes. 1 X
Injection system PU mounted fuel system components: (e.g. High Pressure fuel hose, fuel rail, fuel injectors, accumulators). Excluding injector nozzle. 2 X
Inlet system Plenum and associated actuators. Excluding pressure charging, trumpets and throttle associated parts and actuators. 1 X
Inlet system Trumpets and associated parts and actuators. 1 X
Inlet system Throttles and associated parts and actuators. 1 X
Pressure charging From compressor inlet to compressor outlet. 2 X
Pressure charging From turbine inlet to turbine outlet. 2 X
Pressure charging From Engine exhaust flanges to turbine inlet. 1
Pressure charging External actuators linked to Pressure charging. 1 X
Electrical system Engine mounted electrical components (e.g. wiring loom within legality volume, sensors, alternator). Excluding actuators, ignition coils and spark plugs. 1
Ignition system Ignition coils, driver box. 1 X
Lubrication All parts in which circulates oil under pressure (Oil pump gears, channels, piping, jets) and not mentioned elsewhere in the table. 1 X
Friction coatings 1 X
Sliding or rotating seals 1 X
MGU-H Complete. All internals including bearings, casing… 2 X
MGU-H Position, Transmission. 2 X
MGU-H Power electronics. 1 X
MGU-K Complete. All internals including bearings, casing… 2 X
MGU-K Position, Transmission. 2 X
MGU-K Power electronics. 1 X
ERS Wiring loom. 1
ES Cells (Article 5.4.3). 2 X
ES BMS. 2 X
ERS - Cooling/lubrication Cooling/Lubrication systems (Including ES jackets, pipes, pumps, actuators). 1 X

Note: X = No modifying/development allowed

Details 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total of weighted items 66 66 66 66 66 66
Total of weighted modifiable items 61 51 51 43 3 3
Quota of total weighted items allowed for modifications 32 25 20 15 3 3
% of modifications allowed vs. complete weighted PU 48 38 30 23 5 5
Total of frozen items 5 15 15 23 63 63
% PU being frozen 8 23 23 35 95 95

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by CL, 19/01/2015 9:23

"Oh, and it will be fun to see how the other teams behave...will this change what they do?

I saw something saying that Mercedes might turn up to race 1 with their 2014 engine...that would mean they have 32 tokens left. If Renault & Ferrari turn up with 5 tokens left, Honda will have 14 tokens to play with.

What fun and games will we see?

"

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2. Posted by CL, 18/01/2015 23:39

"This is the problem with cost cutting, the only way to do it is to use at least this level of detail, otherwise it's all sorted out in court in long protracted legal battles with commensurate costs...or the rule is basically abandoned like the engine homologation date thing.

If you want smaller teams you have to make it both possible for them to raise a good amount of money and worthwhile by making sure that can compete at some worthwhile level.

This sort of rule tries to get us there, but fails because it actively discourages people from being interested in the sport. "

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3. Posted by bfairey, 18/01/2015 22:39

"who is Charlie Whiting??? and what does he know about engine design?"

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4. Posted by F One, 18/01/2015 9:56

"Needless complexity."

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5. Posted by Paul C, 18/01/2015 4:56

"This makes the F1 video games look easy. Just put a spending limit on power unit development and drop the anal retentive detail. "

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6. Posted by MrShadow, 17/01/2015 17:51

"The problem with this is that it does not even relate to cost cutting. A manufacturer can spend 500 million on 3 tokens, or 1 million on 32 tokens. It does however make the technological development harder.
Just like many of the top teams would rather keep a proven mediocre driver as to give new talents a chance.
No wonder people like Brawn and Newey are getting tired, the possibility for them to develop something new is simply too limited."

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7. Posted by scf1fan, 17/01/2015 17:49

"Part of F1 has always been watching the teams develop and improve their equipment throughout the season. I'll agree that it got to a level of some silliness with teams just throwing money around at times, but if they had it, they could do it, if they didn't they would have to be more strategic about it. Now, the teams with little funding are forced to spend lots of money on things they can't change or even tune for their use, and the people producing the equipment have to follow the above rules which seem to have more in common with our tax codes than racing . . .

I don't know of anyone (except some accountants and attorneys perhaps) that think that "playing the tax code game" is any fun. This is not racing!! "

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8. Posted by Joop deBruin, 17/01/2015 17:29

"Pure lunacy! Does the FIA specify the number of times each team member is allowed to go "#1 & #2" race day? This is the stuff that is killing F1."

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