Automation engineer Jason Leitner has slammed the “stunning” design of the new Stirling engine.
Leitner worked on the McLaren MP4-12C for five years.
“It’s stunning,” he told ESPNCricInfo.
“I had to get out of the office to get a drink of water because I was having so much fun.”
When I saw that they had a different approach, I was like, ‘I can’t believe they would do this.’
“Leitners design, which was published in the prestigious Motor Racing Engineering magazine, involved adding an additional valve in the intake valve to boost power and exhaust valve to control airflow.
The result was a powerful and powerful engine that could be used in a variety of forms, including a Formula 1 car.
But Leitners comments on the new engine, which he says is not an evolution of the McLaren, have caused controversy.”
There is so much power coming out of it, it is just stunning.””
It is so powerful that I have to admit I don’t understand it.”
There is so much power coming out of it, it is just stunning.
“Leiters comments have led to the suspension of his employer from the FIA, with the governing body threatening to strip the team of its current license if it continues to use the engine.
McLaren MP4/12C, which the team had been working on for a year, has not been used in racing since 2014.
It has been used by Ferrari, Caterham and Williams, as well as by the Formula Renault 3.5 team, which will be competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The McLaren is currently racing at the Suzuka 12 Hour on Sunday, with all but one of its cars remaining at the circuit after being moved to an alternate track.
Leiferts team, meanwhile, are set to return to Formula Renault 2.0 in 2019, with its next car set to debut on Friday, September 12.