Gordon Murray Weighs in on the Future of F1

Gordon Murray McLaren F1

Depending on who you believe, Formula 1 is in a state of horrible disrepair. The dominance of the Mercedes hybrid power unit over the last two years has turned the series into an engine formula, with all the Mercedes cars in a distinct class ahead of the rest. Despite the fact that Ferrari and Infiniti Red Bull both seem- finally!- to have something for Mercedes going into the second half of 2015, the “expert pundits” are already looking towards 2017, when the current rules formula is set to change, and putting in their two cents’ worth on what direction the sport should take. One such expert is Gordon Murray, but he doesn’t need the scare quotes around “expert”.

A former Formula 1 designer with a few World Championships under his belt, Murray didn’t stop there. In the 1990s, he designed the McLaren F1- a car which, twenty years since its debut, is still regarded by many as the gold standard against which all super car hopefuls must be measured against. He also designed the T.27 ultra-compact electric city car, which is being further developed by Yamaha.

It’s safe to say, then, that when Gordon Murray speaks, you’d be wise to listen. You can see a quick sketch outlining what he has to say, as pulled from the original article over at Motorsport Magazine, below, and read the full article by clicking the image or checking out the source link at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

 

Gordon Murray’s Vision for F1’s Sporting Regulations, 2017


Gordon Murray F1 Drawing

 

Source | Photos: Motorsport Magazine, BBC.

 

Jo Borrás

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