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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:05

There is a major rule change in Formula 1 for 2014. Gone are the screaming 2.4-litre V8 power trains and in are the quieter 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid power units.

Whilst this is probably the single biggest change in the sport since 1989, one of the most noticeable differences from last year's cars is the nose section which has been lowered in two places.

The tip has now a maximum height of 18.5 cm compared to 55 cm last year and the section where the nosecone joins the rest of the car has been lowered by 10 cm, from 62.5 to 52.5 cm. There are other aero changes, most notably at the back of the car where only one exhaust pipe is allowed and there are no more blown diffusers. However, it is the strikingly different look at the front of the cars that has generated the most comments over the internet.

The most different aspect to spectators attending race weekends this year will be the lower noise levels. The previous engines revved up to 18,000 rpm whereas the new generation of power units will only manage a maximum of 15,000 rpm. Earplugs could be a thing of the past. A spectator at the Jerez test posted the the video below on YouTube. Have a listen at the Ferrari.

If you thought this sounds like a Le Mans prototype car, you're probably not too far from truth. Except that the World Endurance Championship features a variety of power trains. The Toyota is propelled by a V8 petrol hybrid unit, the Audi a V6 diesel hybrid and Porsche are rumoured to run a 4 cylinder petrol hybrid engine.

Ticket sales for the early grands prix of the season shouldn't be affected too much. There's only about 6 weeks until the first race after all! The popular ones such as Monaco, Silverstone or Spa should be safe too, however, organisers could have a big job on their hands promoting the later rounds on the calendar.

Below are some images of the McLaren, Ferrari, Sauber and Mercedes cars. Could these changes stop you from going to a grand prix this year? Let us know what you think in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Image: McLaren

Photo: Ferrari S.p.A.

Photo: Sauber Motorsport AG

Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team)

F1 2014: all change!

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