February 19th 2019
FIA Opens Tender For Standardized Gearbox For F1—Must Submit By March 15
With new regulations set to kick in from 2021, the FIA has issued an invitation to tender for standardized gearbox "internals" to be used between 2021 and 2024.
Currently, some teams make their own gearboxes, while others buy them. For example, Alfa Romeo and Haas run Ferrari gearboxes.
The new regulations call for one supplier to provide the gearbox internals, with teams free to create their own outing housing.
“The aim of single source supply is to retain current levels of Formula 1 gear change performance for all cars at a much reduced cost to the competitors while also removing the requirement for teams to design or source their own gearboxes,” said the tender.
“The unit can be carried over between seasons so removing the need for costly continual performance development. In order to retain competitor’s own freedoms for suspension and for the gearbox aero surfaces, the outer housing will remain team specific (designed and produced by the competitor) with the common, self-contained gearbox cassette mounted inside.”
The FIA’s plan involves teams using four gearboxes per season, based on the calendar swelling to 24 races with five tests. The units can form a pool and be used at any time during the season.
Anyone interested in the tender is required to submit their proposals before March 15, with a decision expected between April 15-30.