Formula One Reboot: Microsoft To Supply Racing Electronic Control Units


The big news from the racing front today for most fans was the selection of Bridgestone as the exclusive tire supplier for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons of Formula One racing. The selection came after Michelin's opposition to a single tire supplier and its subsequent withdrawal from F1 racing at the end of the year. But some of us who have a geekier older brother (still geekier even with an all-new look) — know the big news is the decision by the World Motor Sport Council to make Microsoft the official supplier of electronic control units (ECUs). The control units are designed to regulate and manage the engine and ensure the ban on traction control is followed by sometimes-naughty mechanics. Hmm...sounds like a good plan — until Schumacher goes into a wall because his engine gets a blue screen of death.

Bridgestone confirmed as sole tyre supplier [itv.com]

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