Formula One Boss: Turbocharging Could Return Next Decade

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Addressing the media in Munich this week, FIA prez Max Mosley, again assuring fans that F1 would keep up with all the gee-wiz, high-tech innovations coming out of the auto industry, said forced induction engines could return to the series as early as 2011. It would be the first time turbocharging was allowed in F1 since the late-1980s, when teams were given a choice of a 1.5-liter turbo or a 3.0-liter natural breather. It's also the latest from Mosley on making F1 more environmentally friendly — mentioning the word "hybrid" a couple of months ago was another, as was the use of "biofuel" in a sentence earlier this year. All that's fine, but why go through all that effort, when he can just make it so boring no one will spare the energy to watch it. Oh, wait.

Turbos may return to F1 by 2011 [internal]

Racing Green: F1 to Get Hybrids in 2009, Sort Of [internal]

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Didn't BMW have a 1000+ hp four-cylinder turbo? I can't even fathom what that was like to drive. Crazy turbo motors could even get me to watch F1.