In a surprise move, the World Motor Sport Council have pushed through a deal to change the standard for engines in Formula 1 cars by 2014. The change is set to herald in a new generation of cars with an emphasis on green technology.
As a condition of the change, all engines will be supplied by a joint effort between French manufacturer Renault and the Japanese leaders in hybrid technology, Toyota.
The engines, the same as found in the successful Prius hybrid, will be lifted straight off the production line in Japan and shipped to France where they will be re-badged as a Renault engine before being distributed to F1 teams.
Hiro Takuma of Toyota said, "Toyota is very happy to be re-entering Formula 1, supplying hybrid technology to all the teams. The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive can put out a staggering 73kw of energy with the combination of petrol and electric power."
Renault are also ecstatic with the shift saying, "Finally we have a deal that will secure Renault's future in Formula 1. Not only will we tweak the Toyota supplied engines to create an extra 8kw on the engines already staggering 73kw, we can now announce that Renault will be bringing F1 to the general user by installing exactly the same engine into the Renault Koleos! Now you can be just like your favourite F1 star on the drive home from work!"
Most drivers have kept quiet about the change but British driver and Ali G look-a-like Lewis Hamilton said "I don't care what powers my car as long as I can keep crashing into the other drivers! The day I can't crash into other cars is the day I stop driving in the sport!"
To help the smaller teams with the move, the WMSC has given HRT and Virgin an extra year with the current V8 engines meaning the 2014 season will have two types of engines across the field.
HRT boss Colin Kolles said of the concession, "Despite being able to race the current V8 against the smaller Hybrid in 2014, HRT doesn't hold very high hopes of being able to score points in the 2014 season."