OCT 20th 2022

Simon Ostler

The best F1 engine eras ranked

Formula 1 has gone through a good number of regulation changes since its inaugural season in 1950. We’ve seen the evolution of safety standards, the introduction of helmets, seat belts, crash structures. Innovations, from to wings to ground effect, double diffusers to F-ducts. But F1 eras can perhaps best be defined by the ‘formula’ referred to in the name, that is, the specification of the engine regulations. From the earliest days of the 1.5-litre supercharged Alfa Romeo 158s through the mighty turbos of the 1980s and the screaming V10s of the ‘90s, the sound of F1 has evolved dramatically. But which era of F1 engines was the best?


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