Energy-efficient F1?

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  1. Interesting, but not new. From 1982-1993, sports cars (prototypes, as used on e.g. the Le Mans 24-h race) raced according to “Group C” regulations.
    Wikipedia entry

    The regulations were that the cars could consume a little over 100 litres/hour (2500 l for a 24-h race), which works out to 1:2, or something like 5 mpg. This led to interesting races, even if sometimes they were decided by someone running out of fuel on the last lap.

    It also led to interesting cars, with a much greater variety of technical solutions than typically seen in Formula 1: You’d see Jaguar 7-litre V12s racing Mercedes 5-l V8 Turbos, Mazda used Wankel engines, Porsche used a 3-l flat-6 turbo, etc.

    The series’ downfall was the FIA messing with regulations, which made its cost skyrocket.

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