With the 2014 Formula 1 Rulebook set to 'bore', and the drivers up in arms, now would be the best time for a revolution. Listed below is a proposal amendment to the current Formula 1 Rulebook that would not only make things more interesting with an engineering perspective, but also make technical sponsorship more lucrative.
These rules are designed to increase technical freedom of the designers, and may not necessarily increase competitiveness among drivers and teams within the first few years. Instead, these rules set out to create a live event that perplexes sight and melts ears. Yes, there will be holes in this scheme, but they do provide a good baseline for what Formula 1 should be.
1. Power Systems
1.1 Combustion Engines
1.1.1 Each team is allowed 1 normally aspirated combustion engine per chassis.
1.1.2 No cylinder or pattern (v, flat, inline, etc) limit.
1.1.3 Maximum revs must be within 16,000 and 25,000 rpm.
1.1.4 Maximum power output per combustion engine (both horsepower and torque) must not exceed 1,000.
1.1.5 All fuel per race distance must be held onboard with no refueling.
By setting the engine rules in this manner, teams will have to initially sacrifice maximum power for reliability and efficiency.
1.2 Electrical Engines
1.2.1 Each team is allotted 2 electrical engines for tire rotation.
1.2.2 Output must be less, for each engine, than 50 horsepower.
1.3.1 The batteries have no limits on size, capacity, or charging method.
Formula 1's goal is to amass viewers for sponsors, and sponsorship will only come if those corporations have something to prove (buy my brand because it's proven to be the best). By setting non standardized electrical engines and battery packs, sponsors, (in this case, firms like Tesla, Nissan, Toyota, etc) will be able to promote their electric and hybrid vehicles though engineering instead of just slapping a sticker on and shelling out some cash.
2.1.1 Position restriction is lifted.
2.1.2 The exhaust must only have one outlet.
2.1.3 The exhaust outlet must have not bodywork above within a 15 centimeter radius.
Because there is only one exhaust outlet, blowing the diffuser will bring more of a challenge to the aerodynamicists (they're probably not going to blow one side of the diffuser to seal it off from tire squirt and not the other), and some teams may even opt out of attempting.
3 Crash Structure
3.1.1 Revert the nose rules back to the 2013 system, but the maximum height will form an angled plane from the maximum height of the bulkhead to the maximum height of the nose tip in the 2014 rules.
For good looks...
4.1 Front Wing
4.1.1 The full width of the front wing will be opened back up to the designers.
4.1.2 In addition to the already established actuator on the rear wing, and additional 2 will be allotted for the front wing.
Active aerodynamics are becoming a bigger part of production supercars, plus moving parts on a race car look cool.
4.2 Rear Wing
4.2.1 The rear wing height will be lowered by 25 centimeters.
5.1.1 Minimum weight will be increased by 100 kilograms.
This number is not set. The goal of increasing the minimum weight was to make it easier for heavier drivers, like Nico Hulkenburg, to get a seat where they deserve.