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What limits the maximum RPM of a F1 car's engine?

What is the maximum RPM for the current Turbo V6 engines in Formula 1 cars? What whas it before? Which are the elements that limit the max revs?

Nowadays the rev limiter kicks in at 15 000 RPM, but in practise the maximum RPMs with the Turbo V6 engines it is in the 12 500 to 13 000 range. In earlier years the value exceeded 19 000 momentarily.

Before the current engines the limiting factors were rotating masses and physical endurance. Nowadays the RPM is limited by fuel flow.

Written by Janita on Saturday August 15, 2015
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