Originally Posted by Turder
Beemers were using interesting engine management. They dropped cylinder(s) in the middle of slow corners to make it 2 or 3 cyl engine for long periods (not just milliseconds) for better traction management. Once out of it all 4 cylinders chime in and off they go normally. Interesting take on traction control.
With this they can have a 2 cyl 500cc or 3 cyl 750cc for those slow sections that is much easier to manage than full blown 1000cc engine with traction control cutting in.
Honda was doing this three years ago in MotoGP. They aren't nearly so crude these days.