The FIA have made a mistake, or at least they've made another in a series of mistakes.
They've really screwed up the engines; you know, the Formula bit of Formula 1. After forcing all the teams and manufacturers to throw the old V8s in a skip they mandated a new V6 turbo fancy-wancy formula where the engines waste less energy and use electric and are generally fantastic.
They really are; they're amazing feats of technology that make great whizzy-whiny noises and have a thermal efficiency of 45 percent which, if you understood what that means (we don't), is apparently fantastic.
Not that you'd know this. In between harping on about road safety and pointedly not talking about commercial rights, the message that F1 has a groundbreaking engine is lost, even more so now that they have relented to possibly having a new (old) cheap (expensive) powertrain (engine) to help the poorer teams (cough, Red Bull) from 2017 onwards.
Yes, the modern engines have screwed up because they are stupidly complicated and the manufacturers have whoppingly overcharged what they thought they would cost. "Sorry, Frank, looks like your protection money will be a bit more this month."
As the F1 teams have proved time and time again, if you leave stuff up to them they will screw it up. So now we are in a position where the hard work is being undone to appease the team who did their best to break up any unity so that they can make their own (cough, unbranded Renault) engine with electric bits on the top and yet plead poverty as the reason.
So, with stupidly short notice for any real engine manufacturer to get a proposal in place, the FIA has rushed through an Expression of Interest for the new engines.
One that can only reasonably be expected to be filled by the Renault/Red Bull/Ilmor monster...
That's right, we have managed to get hold of the documents
Using some Watergate-esque journalistic sleuthing...
..we now have access to the almost masonic like complexity of documentation that tracks the entire murky process of the inner workings of the FIA (a PDF and and excel spreadsheet.)
now we need your help with this
We have uploaded these documents to Google Docs HERE and HERE and this is where we need you. Make yourself a column in the spreadsheet or pick yourself a colour in the doc and write in your best answers. You can either show your engineering chops and demonstrate your deep understanding of engines, or like us you can go for really silly answers.
On Sunday we'll pick the best and yes, we will really submit this.
Let's hope we don't actually win...