On March 16, a full grid of turbocharged Formula 1 cars will line up for the first time since the 1986 Australian Grand Prix. Prior to 2014, that was the only season in which F1's rules mandated the use of a turbo engine.
Since the end of 1988, when turbos were outlawed, F1 has been an exclusively atmospheric affair, but memories of the fire-breathing, howling 1.5-litre V6 and straight-four powerplants, capable in some cases of putting out upwards of 1500bhp, that dominated the sport during the turbo era have stuck.
These new-generation turbos will be almost unrecognisable as being from the same family.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.