With the FIA approving another design, Formula 1 teams now have a second option when it comes to a fuel flow sensor.
Motosport.com reports that a new unit, designed by Sentronics Limited, will soon be available to all engine suppliers. To date, only sensors supplied by Gill Motorsport Systems could be used.
The new unit, which features a unique mechanical and electronic setup, differs vastly to its competitor. Sentronics believe that its unique flow-path makes it both extremely reliable and consistent.
It is thought that the unit will be thoroughly tested by Formula 1 engine suppliers in the near future.
Maximising fuel flow is an important factor in Formula 1, and many problems were first encountered when new engine regulations came into effect. Gill Motorsport Systems have also continued to make changes to their device as teams come to grips with these changes.
Neville Meech, managing director at Sentronics, said that the design of the unit took some time to complete and that it had undergone rigorous testing. This was to ensure that it met with all FIA requirements.
“The FIA's and competitors' experience of the technology in its first year understandably had an effect on the approach to homologation a second sensor.
"Practically speaking, this led to a much more rigorous set of validation criteria for homologation alongside the technical specification itself.
"Satisfying these requirements has been a challenging and lengthy process, but I can say our end product is all the stronger for it."