In the Febuary Fastrack, submitted to the Borad Of Directors for approval:
Item 1. Effective at a time to be determined by the BoD, add the following after the first paragraph of section 17.1.6.E.15:
Engines must be mounted forward, with the exhaust ports forward. Transfer cases are prohibited.
This is a little difficult to find since there was a mistake in publishing Fastrack and the Formula 500 heading was omitted from above this item, so it was quite easy to miss it if you just scan for Formula 500 item like I usually do.
The essence of this proposed rule change is to to prevent both reversing the engine, and the use of transfer cases. This is exactly what Jay Novak did in the Rakovon this year at The Rounoffs. This configuration was protested and subsequently approved in the tech shed there.
There has been a very "lively" discussion of the topic on the F500 mailing list the last few weeks which CRB member Stan Clayton has been kind enough to participate in. Based on that discussion, there is considerable controversy and disagreement about this proposal.
If you haven't been following that discussion, ou can read the archives of the mailing list here
This proposal currently sits with the Board of Directors pending approval. If you have an opinion on this proposal, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with your comments.