Earlier this week, FIA President Max Mosley delivered details of new rules in the sport designed to make the cars more energy efficient and be a development platform for implementing new technologies into road cars. Mosley presented the plan to an audience of leading automotive technology experts at the Geneva Motor Show.

In 2009 Formula One is going hybrid as the first stage of a programme to divert the vast research effort at the pinnacle of motor sport towards energy efficiency, Mosley said. The development of engines has been frozen, meaning that extra power can only be gained by making better use of energy, or by getting more useful work from the fuel burned.

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