The Mules Behind the High-Performance Engines of Formula 1

These performance engines are all based on the development of early mules.
Loukia Papadopoulos

In October of 2021, we brought you news of Formula 1's plans to keep the internal combustion engine alive despite environmental concerns by developing a 100 percent sustainable drop-in fuel. Its development was seen as part of the firm's pledge to be net-zero carbon by 2030.

However, some believed the move could be seen as an attempt at pushing back against the popularity of Formula E and the electrification of the auto industry. In this video, we bring you an exploration of the Formula 1 engine.

Did you know that all the best Formula 1 engines start out as mules? As DriveTribe's Mike Fernie explains in the video, Cosworth performance engines, Formula 1's most famous engines, are developed as mules from the top down in order to guarantee that each combustion chamber is as powerful and efficient as they can be and each part works as it should.

The video also brings you footage of by far the most impressive mule in Cosworth's collection developed in 1998 and 1999 for a Jaguar F1 V10 and answers the following questions: How are mules developed and tested? How are engines then extrapolated from them?

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