GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

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    GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

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    “Racing is one of the few things that can foster innovation faster than war”, said GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz during a bloggers round-table discussion on the eve of this year’s Geneva motor show.

    Describing some of the future challenges that will be faced by global manufacturers such as General Motors, Bob lamented the fact that auto racing – a sport with the potential to inspire significant innovation through competition – has become so tightly regulated in order to prevent teams from gaining significant advantages, that from a manufacturer’s perspective it provides little benefit beyond pure marketing.

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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    The rules should be tight enough as to prevent an F1 Car racing a Miata in the same series but loose enough to foster creativity and advancement.

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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    Well at least he actually says whats on his mind. I'm personally not quite sold on the whole hybrid battery thing, but as a future engineer, he's definitely right that motorsports should be more about engineering than marketing.

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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    You need things like weight handicaps for the fast cars so that the owners of slower cars don't get their feelings hurt.

    I know you need to keep competition tight to make it interesting, but it sucks when the non-handicapped vehicles win races.

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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    The only thing the new F1 rules took away was the complex aero packages the teams had come up with. Putting more emphasis on mechanical grip is exactly what the sport needed. Also, making the engines and gearboxes last longer can potentially introduce new innovations that can be adapted to street cars. Max Mosely recently said that nothing on the old F1 cars could be adapted to a street-legal vehicle, and that isn't in the spirit of the history of racing.

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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    I wonder of the ALMS and Rolex Series are as tightly regulated. I know NASCAR now is highly regulated. To the point of making it boring,
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    Re: GM Boss: F1’s New Rules are Greenwash

    Quote Originally Posted by New_Mexico_Sunset_on_Rt66 View Post
    I wonder of the ALMS and Rolex Series are as tightly regulated. I know NASCAR now is highly regulated. To the point of making it boring,
    Some sort of balance has to be reached. No one ever want a repeat of the CanAm series but F1 is a joke right now because the rich teams are the only winners.

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