i wish the FIA would just say - displacement / induction / fuel amount / open ERS - go figure out how to get around the track faster than the other guy. id rather the lock down the aero regs by spec and open the drive train regs... aero is not very relevant now.
I'm so with you there. If F1 wants to be relevant to road technologies, they need to open up a lot of regs that aren't
aero-related. I mean, production supercars these days are basically using more advanced aerodynamic technology than F1 cars, at least in the broad strokes (like active elements), as well as more powerful engines, so you have to ask yourself what F1 brings to the table.
What F1 can
bring to the table is battery development. For example, consider if the FIA made KERS regs governed only by an "energy storage" volume requirement (flywheel, battery, capacitor, whatever), but allowed unlimited storage and use of the energy. Suddenly you'd have a billion dollars of research money from one of the most competitive environments in the world going to battery development every year, trying to maximize energy density, durability and charge/discharge rates. The FIA won't do it because it "costs too much," even though it would be an easy sell to a lot of manufacturers because that kind of development would easily trickle down to hybrid-powered family sedans. It really is a tragically missed opportunity that this Formula E stuff is basically a cost-capped spec series where they don't even need to recharge during the race. That kind of development is happening a little bit in WEC these days, but there's still a lot of tech regs in the way, and not quite enough competition.