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Only physics could have limited V8s, admits Renault

The out-going V8 engines used in F1 since 2006 could have been tweaked almost infinitely had it not been for the FIA-imposed freeze on development, according to Renault Sport's Rob White.With the V8 era now consigned to the history books by the introduction of a supposedly greener turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 unit, F1 is about to embark on a new technical direction, but White is confident that, without rev limits and the like, the old engines could have been even more potent than they became in their eight-year life.“Without the rev limit, we would have continued to pursue greater rpm until we became limited by the physics of the combustion process and diminishing returns due to increased...
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