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GP Week : Issue 188
Where Formula One’s going we don’t need roads, just a DeLorean and a decent sports almanac. Just like pop music’s proclivity for cannibalism sees it recondition old melodies with new beats, Formula One correspondingly pours new wine into old cruets by dusting off trusty 1980s V6 turbos and slapping on a KERS unit. Okay, such an example might be overly simplistic, but then so was Formula One’s own response to rotary valve technology in 2004 – a new Formula One technology that not only that went right to the heart of the internal combustion engine, but proved to be as smaller, lighter and more durable than anything we will see in 2014. Incredibly, the rotary valve first made its grand prix debut in 1913 – just one year after Peugeot introduced the now ubiquitous four- valve technology – but the concept stuttered and vanished. But let’s jump back to the future to see how a fork in the road in 2004 determined what Formula One looks like today. Patented by Arthur Bishop as early as 1946, Bishop’s Variable Ratio Steering technology saw its first economic returns via the humble Australian HQ Holden in 1971. In 2002, the technology was widely adopted in Formula One. Six years later, the automotive industry caught up, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway awarded Bishop with the Louis Schweitzer Trophy for – wait for it – the best new technology introduced in that year’s Indianapolis 500. Better late than never... But in forty years’ time, Bishop’s rotary valve technology may well be seen in the same light, that of a missed opportunity for Formula One and for F1's great Missed Opportunity? With the 2014 engine speculation change drawing ever closer, Trent Price takes a look at the rotary valve engine, a dream of weight and efficiency that was banned from Formula One before it could prove its worth – or fail spectacularly F1 >>> FEATUrE