The Incredible Evolution of Formula 1 Engines | Track Evolution

1 apr 2021
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Welcome to a new series, Track Evolution, where we show the incredible innovation from F1 over the years. Showing how F1 engineering, cars and tracks have evolved.
We’re going to walk you through the engines from each decade of F1, as well as pick out the key innovations that have got us to today - where F1 has some of the most efficient engines on the planet.
So, how have F1 engines changed over the years? Which of them was the most powerful? And what breakthroughs have made it into today’s engines?
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The 1950s F1 cars used all sorts of engines, from custom-built inline 4s, to pre-war v8s. The only regulations were a limit on engine displacement, 4.5L if it were Naturally Aspirated and 1.5L if you fitted a supercharger.
They produced around 425 horsepower, meaning they produced 94 horsepower per litre. Oh, and keep an eye on that number throughout this video.
In 1954, they tightened restrictions and only allowed 2.5 litres, naturally aspirated engines - cutting power to 290 horsepower. However, the teams got creative with engine layouts - keeping efficiency comparatively high. [116HP/L]
These were some of the best years for variety in F1, if you looked through the grid, they were running inline 4s and 8s, V12s and 16s and even a huge V-twin!
However, all of them were incredibly heavy, meaning the cars produced huge understeer - forcing the drivers to neutralise this by mostly drifting around corners.
This was also the decade when F1 first used mid-mounted engines with the Cooper T43. This got rid of the massive understeer the front-mounted engines produced, as they placed the centre of gravity further back in the car - naturally creating a more oversteery balance.

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  • What do you think to the new series? I was blown away by that H16 engine! Also, join us next Saturday where I am going to be driving an F1 car around the Nordschliefe for 24 hours straight! We are raising money for charity, you can find out more here!

    Driver61Driver61Mese fa
    • @AndyFromBeaverton Thanks to the sympathetic driving style of Jim Clark the H16 BRM engine did win one GP - at Watkins Glen - in 1966. It was fitted to a Lotus (43) which was derived from their Indy chassis as the engine and gearbox was way too big for the conventional F1 Lotus chassis at that time. Colin Chapman was using the H16 engine under licence but had to borrow a spare unit from the BRM team after Clark used their last remaining unit in qualifying (that sort of camaraderie wouldn't happen today). There are a couple of these H16 engines on static display at the Caister Castle Car Collection in Norfolk. One is fitted to a BRM F1 car from '66 or '67 and the second is on a stand next to a Lotus 33 (R14), the last of the 33's.

      John ReaderJohn Reader25 giorni fa
    • I grew up in a town near Monza. In 1985 I went to the track with my dad to watch the Saturday quali session. From 2-3 km away I could hear the engines roaring. It was impossible to stand next to the track without ear protection. When a car would reached the end of a straight, the downshift sounded like small explosion. The sound was massive. It's hard to believe the current engines with their vacuum cleaner sound are better than those 1980s engines.

      Robert TurtleRobert Turtle28 giorni fa
    • awsome !

      Lobo ZumbiLobo ZumbiMese fa
    • Love this!! Can we have a evolution of tyres / tires throughout the years? :)

      HenrikHenrikMese fa
    • P

      Geoff PennieGeoff PennieMese fa
  • V10 generation here. All my 19,000rpm brothers give me a thumbs up.

    kubemasterkubemaster7 minuti fa
  • The Evolution of F1 Teams as Organisations. From the beginning of building a powerful engine with a bit of effort to make the car streamlined. How do the different departments interact to get it all in one package. From little to none investment in aerodynamics to now. You get my point :)

    Liquid LivingLiquid Living2 ore fa
  • It might be in the turbo episode, but I believe BMW used older/used 4 cilinder blocks from road cars in the turbo era, cos the metal becomes stronger after many miles.

    NLBassistNLBassist5 ore fa
  • Miss the sound of the V10.

    James LathamJames Latham9 ore fa
  • very cool video! its really comprehensive

    Nick geeNick geeGiorno fa
  • Very good video clip and most interesting. I feel the Cosworth DFV is the all time great F1 engine. It was designed and made by a Great engineer Keith Duckworth who got it right first time. F1 teams could buy a competitive engine for £10,000 so the small teams like Tyrrell could win championships. Today the winners are the big companies who have the most money to spend and control the FIA. It is no longer a sport as the smaller teams have no chance of winning. It is absurd to spend £7M on making one F1 engine . It is possible to make a racing piston for about £60 each . However the big companies seem to say we are prepared to spend £50,000 on a piston now the engineers have to design a piston which will cost £50,000. The sponsors and advertisers are retreating away from F1 so soon we shall have only three teams who have any chance of winning.. I find it all very tedious and the sooner we return to a cost effective sport the better.

  • skipped the 2.4 V8 era?

    James TranJames Tran3 giorni fa
  • Could you make a video about the auto union and mercedes prewar cars and the factory driver Seman.

    Sean O'KeefeSean O'Keefe4 giorni fa
  • Excellent

    SteveSteve4 giorni fa
  • Well done 👏🏻

    Rich HollandRich Holland6 giorni fa
  • efficiency =/= specific power

    Baizuo Lives Matter 'not'Baizuo Lives Matter 'not'7 giorni fa
  • Hats off to Renault for developing and perfecting turbo engines. Will always have a soft spot for Renaults as a result of this ingenuity and commitment.

    Bruce StoreyBruce Storey7 giorni fa
  • Great video! Incredibly informative and I love how you condensed the F1 engine development!

    Gregory CeconiGregory Ceconi7 giorni fa
  • I read a comic named Spirou and Fantasio, old F1 with engine in the front in the comic and I keep wonder if these bikes are real. Now I am surprise to know they were previous type of F1

    Steven WBSteven WB7 giorni fa
  • Colin chapman at Lotus invented using the engine as part of the chassis

    Hudoba4Hudoba47 giorni fa
  • V10 or nothing

    PanamaticPanamatic8 giorni fa
  • 2:09 You can see his happy face

    hsevuktekinhsevuktekin9 giorni fa
  • Did I learn it wrong or is your way of pronouncing „h“ just dialect?

    JohannJohann10 giorni fa
  • Bring back v10 and refueling

    bru bru lanibru bru lani10 giorni fa
  • The v10 was the golden era of F1 engines.

    Peter RibbeckPeter Ribbeck12 giorni fa
  • Did he mean an aitch 16?

    Johnny M PatJohnny M Pat13 giorni fa
  • timing belts in 1989 F1 engine? (6:26) ???really?

    double udouble u14 giorni fa
  • some footage is historically out of sync with the commentary (Lotus 49 with wings at 2:54 is not from 66, & 500hp then was a long time in coming...)

    double udouble u14 giorni fa
  • I see a lot of people missing the V10 era, and while that certainly was amazing, I personally think that the modern Power Units are even more amazing simply because of how efficient they are, while still providing stunning amounts of power. Giving the cars more powerful engines now wouldn't even improve that much, more power won't solve the dirty air problem, so let's hope all will work well in 2022.

  • i would like to see maybe every 10 years that FIA takes down all the restrictions and teams can make the car however they want. except the size of the car

    Mihajlo IvanicMihajlo Ivanic15 giorni fa
  • I didn't expect to hear callum when i clicked on this video 😆

    Ewan McIntyreEwan McIntyre15 giorni fa
  • Well done. Lots of racing knowledge passed along-I learned a thing or two. Thanks

    Michael TatomMichael Tatom16 giorni fa
  • 90s V12s were the greatest!

    Apollo ProspectorApollo Prospector17 giorni fa
  • Ahh those were the days, when a Formula 1 car had a turbo charger the size of a dinner plate.

    Michael MojaresMichael Mojares17 giorni fa
  • As a major fan of F1 I am glad the FiA place all these restrictions on the sport over the years. Forcing manufacturers to develop new technologies that end up on the streets.

    Mr. AdventureMr. Adventure17 giorni fa
  • was it not Renault who introduced the pneumatic valve system

    Patrick FarrellyPatrick Farrelly17 giorni fa
  • You can say whatever you want about their efficiency....but those hibrid engines dont sound like the glorious V10´s.....

    Lander VigueraLander Viguera17 giorni fa
  • 👍👍👍

    Walter BurtonWalter Burton19 giorni fa
  • how the hell did you miss the switch to v8s from 2006-13????

    John StainedJohn Stained19 giorni fa
  • What happened to the 2.4 V8 era? Missed that entirely! Instead claiming that KERS was fitted to 3L V12's in 2009?????

    John AbbottJohn Abbott20 giorni fa
  • Devolution.

    CescoCesco20 giorni fa

    Spika RooniSpika Rooni20 giorni fa
  • Awesome format, quick informative and awesome visuals!!! 8:50 main safety device was "no seatbelts so you can jump out in a crash..." 8:52 fastest refueling stop ever recorded in F1!

    Sasquatch 2001Sasquatch 200120 giorni fa
  • The V10 era was the pinnacle of F1. Real racing, awesome sound.

    Roadstar DeltaRoadstar Delta20 giorni fa
  • "massive v8's" mfw how's 2.4L massive

    aceace21 giorno fa
  • It's not supposed to be "hhhaich", it's "aitch". There is no "h" in it at all.

    Neil BarnettNeil Barnett21 giorno fa
  • I love most F1 engines, of course the godlike DFV is my #1 but I love others too. Well, anything apart from the hybrid crap we have now :(

    Yeolde GamerSteveYeolde GamerSteve21 giorno fa
  • For me personally please slow down your explanations as I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer!, otherwise brilliant!!👏

    The Famous ECCLESThe Famous ECCLES21 giorno fa
  • i stumbled upon this channel and i fucking love it. im not even an f1 fan really, but i love learning about the engineering so this is all highly interesting. I did see the drive to survive show on netflix and that has gotten me interested in the actual racing as well, but i doubt i will be sitting down and watching the races any time soon. the drama from that show is really fun to watch tho.

    D4RealD4Real21 giorno fa

    don bondon bon22 giorni fa
  • technology eh this guy cant draw go back to school and use paper and pencils

    don bondon bon22 giorni fa
  • todays f1 is so shit they may as well go electric or do i mean scalextric with all the computers linked up to it and be driverless porn for elon musk

    don bondon bon22 giorni fa
  • What is the name of the app ?

    Diego EsquivelDiego Esquivel23 giorni fa
  • Very interesting

    kennedy singhkennedy singh23 giorni fa
  • 6:35 This point is not 100% accurate. They are not using a pneumatic valve train but pneumatic valve springs which are still be activated by a regular cam shaft. The system you have showed in the video is a complete cam free fully pneumatic system called freevalve and is used by koenigsegg. This system as far as i know is not capable of doing the needed rpms but has a lot of other benefits.

    CarstenCarsten23 giorni fa
  • "Haich-16" SHIVERRRRR

    SeanSean24 giorni fa
  • res

    sürünen adamsürünen adam24 giorni fa
  • I see, F1 engines are downsizing. Can't imagine a 4cyc in-line engine replacing a V6cyc one day in the future.

    Esther MezhuEsther Mezhu24 giorni fa
  • v10

    TropikTropik24 giorni fa
  • you forgot to say that the new V6's sounds like a piece of shit.

    Stevie HuppenbauerStevie Huppenbauer24 giorni fa
  • V10 was best

    Guy WhyGuy Why24 giorni fa
  • If they really wanted to reduce the power of those engines all they would've had to do was make them emotions compliant. Burn twice the fuel will making half the power as before in order to 'save the planet from evil fossil fuels.' 😋

    TcmtechTcmtech24 giorni fa
  • You need to brush up on the 50s and 60s. Lots of inaccuracies.

    JACK BOGJACK BOG25 giorni fa
  • This will definitely be a series I’m keen to watch !

    Buddie BouFrancisBuddie BouFrancis25 giorni fa
  • driver61 is not an ordinary youtube channel

    MorphasellaMorphasella25 giorni fa
  • Very Nice content... Awfully stupid accent...!!! Go take a English course Before you put comments.

    FredFred25 giorni fa
  • Evolved? More like DEVOLVED. We only have 3 engine manufacturer and basically one winner since the hybrid introduction, fake sport....

    valenesco45valenesco4526 giorni fa
  • The greedy australian joly slow because headline densply wrap along a smelly hallway. disgusted, sick latex

    Tyler JenkinsTyler Jenkins26 giorni fa
  • Great video but wasn't it lotus to first use the monocoque in 1962 with the lotus 25

    Flex coolFlex cool26 giorni fa
  • Haytch for H...🤣

    Howard Torch, CSRHoward Torch, CSR26 giorni fa
  • What's a hate 16

    Cosmo KramerCosmo Kramer27 giorni fa
  • Good to know thanks for research

    LailaqtLailaqt27 giorni fa
  • 3:18 Two V8-s don't make a H16. It was two flat 8-s.

    avadaavada27 giorni fa
  • Water injection isn't for cooling the engine, it's to create more power from charge cooling and steam pressure.

    W?O9pZ;E4I:;W?O9pZ;E4I:;27 giorni fa
  • Very accurate explanation of f1 evolution.

    Ezra HoussianEzra Houssian27 giorni fa
  • I only recently learned modern F1 cars are hybrids. Which led to an interesting rabbit hole of research on F1 engines and regulations. This video seemed to sum up most of that pretty well in an entertaining and fairly easy to comprehend format.

    Aaron ReichertAaron Reichert27 giorni fa
  • I was going to ask abou H16 engines and why thet don't use this engine format nowdays, but 3:27 was very enlightening.

    Fellipe NavarroFellipe Navarro27 giorni fa
  • 5:23 background music please ?

    Un Voyageur de L'universUn Voyageur de L'univers28 giorni fa
  • 2:07 It's not even summer yet and I want someone to do that to me

    MeepMeep28 giorni fa
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    LittleTimmyJrLittleTimmyJr28 giorni fa
  • Formula 1 died when the V6 engine was introduced I've heard louder hoovers

    casey bramleycasey bramley28 giorni fa
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    Drino ZhaoDrino Zhao28 giorni fa
  • 5:14 Mirage wipes out.

    Carlos LocosCarlos Locos28 giorni fa
  • immagine using mph instead of kmh...

    Sick BaleSick Bale28 giorni fa
  • There was an evolution up to the point of the high-revving naturally-aspirated v8 and v10 engines, and after that it's been a de-evolution. The people who come up with F1 rules are stupid. Trying to make an even playing field, being "green."

    Tim RamichTim Ramich28 giorni fa
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  • I miss the days where every car looked a little different, like how one tried having 6 wheels. Now they are all the exact same car and it's really kinda boring.

    AC NordstromAC Nordstrom28 giorni fa
  • Fantastic, loved the video, keep it up

    MrCybergladiatorMrCybergladiator29 giorni fa
  • great video but info overload. wish you made it a 30 min video and slowed down.

    Mark KMark K29 giorni fa
  • Now imagine how amazing F1 today would be with all the efficiency we already have, but ditch the idiotic restrictions

    Dylan NixDylan Nix29 giorni fa
    • @Alex Formula 1 hasn’t been about that for ages, and even if it were to become a problem you could just mandate the heavier safety equipment as the engines would be more powerful anway

      Dylan NixDylan Nix29 giorni fa
    • @Dylan Nix No I’m saying the cars would be too dangerous. I don’t think people understand the point isn’t to make the most powerful car, it’s to make the fastest cars while keeping the drivers safe.

      AlexAlex29 giorni fa
    • @Alex People would die when you got rid of restrictions put in place to “protect” the environment?

      Dylan NixDylan Nix29 giorni fa
    • People would die lmao.

      AlexAlex29 giorni fa
  • Now, talking about evolution, with regard to engine efficiency, it would be interesting to see how fuel consumption evolved over this era, compared to the specific power output used in the video.

    ericgeldersericgelders29 giorni fa
  • Awful lot of errors and omissions in this video. Sometimes in your narration, sometimes in the text. Also the cars shown didn’t always match the engine era.

    Hugh goloHugh golo29 giorni fa
  • Cool series. I hate that the FIA decided to try and make garbage rules to force car manufacturers to drop development of proper engines. Nobody needs a rubbish Hybrid engine. An engine is a machine. If it can't produce it under its own power it's not producing that power. I would say it's wrong to say today's 1.6L F1 cars produce 1,000 HP. They are worse than older cars, more boring, and sound like an Aygo being thrashed around the estate.

    Illegal OpinionsIllegal Opinions29 giorni fa
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  • 2:09 easy solution to driver cooling, lol

    chenyu ganchenyu gan29 giorni fa
  • Great stuff. Commentary shade too rapid for me. Yes, would love to see more in depth details. For instance such as detailed working diagrams how those valves are opened and shut pneumatically to allow engine speeds up to 20,000 rpm and beyond. Engine revs on some Grand Prix Motor Cycles exceeded 20,000rpm even back in the 1960s. I also have in mind the little 3-cylinder 50cc ~ yes, 50cc used by Honda which reportedly revved to 25,000 rpm. I saw and heard some of these 50cc machines racing back then. At the far side of the tracks out of sight, sounded like someone had kicked over a Hornets Nest. Also saw and heard the H16 on a demonstration run. Yes, more of the same please will be most welcome. For many Motor Racing enthusiasts, there's much of interest with these machines both when on or just as interestingly off the tracks in the workshops and design rooms. This aspect is for this enthusiast a MASSIVE void in current TV Motor Sport coverage. More mechanical content and less "personality" coverage needed.

    MG JohnMG John29 giorni fa
  • Can you make a video comparing porche 919 evo and Volkswagen IDR.

    Raseel A ARaseel A A29 giorni fa
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    Drino ZhaoDrino Zhao29 giorni fa
  • Love it awesome job👍

    arthur r. borquezarthur r. borquez29 giorni fa
  • What Next V0,2?

    Brillian ElangBrillian Elang29 giorni fa
  • V10s were the best sounding engines. The era between 98-2006 was the best f1 you would ever see. Not only did the cars sound good, they looked nice as well as way more openness between development of cars then what we see of today's f1 cars.

    Damien BarzasiDamien Barzasi29 giorni fa
  • Good video but you forgot the 2.4L V8

    Ma AuMa Au29 giorni fa
  • Great format.

    dorstefandorstefan29 giorni fa