Formula 1 regulations are a never ending story and new regulations for the 2016 season bring much-needed novelties. Do not, however, expect anything too flashy this year. As we all know, 2017 will be a major turning point for Formula 1 as the cars are finally about to become faster (not like this dough). However, 2016 cars will have one or two impressive novelties we really did not think about a lot.
Apart from some safety regulations requiring the teams to integrate special safety pads on the same place on every F1 car, the teams and the engineers will have the chance to play a bit with the exhaust.
Article 5.8.2 of F1’s Technical Regulations states: “Engine exhaust systems must have only a single turbine tailpipe exit and either one or two wastegate tailpipe exits which must all be rearward facing and through which all exhaust gases must pass.
“All and only the turbine exit exhaust gases must pass through the turbine tailpipe and all and only the wastegate exhaust gases must pass through the wastegate tailpipe(s). None of the tailpipes may be contained within any of the other tailpipes.”
This basically means that the teams will have a chance to install up to three different exhausts – one for the turbine and two wastegate tailpipes. How cool will it look is best shown in this nice video Giorgio Piola animated and uploaded to the YouTube.