Motorsport’s governing physique, the FIA, held a gathering on Monday the place some key selections on Formulation One energy unit guidelines to be launched in 2026 (previously 2025) have been made.
The modifications led to by the brand new rules will probably be on the identical degree as when the present V-6 hybrid period was launched in 2014. F1 organizers are significantly centered on lowering prices and carbon emissions whereas making certain the facility models are nonetheless highly effective and emotive—one thing that has the potential to sway a number of Volkswagen Group manufacturers to enter the game.
VW Group’s Porsche model final decade got here shut to creating a return to F1 as an influence unit provider and was nonetheless engaged on an influence unit as lately as 2017. Quick ahead to right this moment and there are rumors VW Group is as soon as once more severely contemplating committing each its Audi and Porsche manufacturers to F1 as energy unit suppliers, ought to the foundations be in step with VW Group’s sustainability and price targets, which is wanting doubtless.
The foundations introduced on Monday name for a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 in a hybrid configuration, identical to the present setup. Nevertheless, the brand new energy unit will probably be less complicated because of the elimination of the MGU-H, the electrical motor-generator which recovers exhaust power by way of the turbocharger. The MGU-Okay unit, which recovers power from the (rear) brakes, identical to a traditional hybrid, will stay and can deploy extra energy. The foundations name for a rise in electrical energy to 369 hp.
The foundations additionally name for an influence unit value cap to be launched, which ought to assist smaller groups be extra aggressive. The organizers additionally wish to make it simpler for brand new suppliers to enter the game at a aggressive degree. In consequence, newcomers could obtain concessions on funds caps for his or her first few seasons.
Lastly, the organizers goal to introduce a 100% sustainable gas, doubtless sourced from biomass and newer carbon-capture know-how. The organizers are already in talks with power firms on this regard.
It is thought that many of those modifications are concessions VW Group had been looking for.
The FIA plans to submit an in depth doc on the 2026 energy unit guidelines in early 2022.
You is perhaps questioning why VW Group would think about coming into each Audi and Porsche as energy unit suppliers. In line with Auto Motor und Sport, the price for every model could be roughly half that of rivals for the reason that prices might be shared, however the advantages acquired by competing in F1 could be the identical as these rivals.
In line with the rumor mill, VW Group has had exploratory talks with Pink Bull Racing, McLaren and Williams about potential energy unit offers. McLaren and Williams at the moment use Mercedes-Benz AMG energy models whereas Pink Bull beginning subsequent season will construct its personal Honda energy unit below license however will want a brand new provider as soon as the 2026 guidelines are launched. Pink Bull’s group principal, Christian Horner, has additionally stated prior to now that the group could be open to a partnership with an automaker, which means Pink Bull could even develop into a semi-factory group sooner or later.
However McLaren and Williams are to not be excluded. Williams’ new CEO, Jost Capito, was beforehand head of the Volkswagen model’s R efficiency and motorsport division, and he additionally headed VW’s profitable World Rally Championship group which received three-straight titles final decade. Capito additionally labored at Porsche between 1989 and 1996.
In the meantime, McLaren’s group principal, Andreas Seidl, was beforehand head of Porsche’s motorsport division and ran the automaker’s profitable LMP1 program within the World Endurance Championship.
We also needs to level out that F1’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, was beforehand head of VW Group’s Lamborghini model, and earlier than that head of Ferrari’s F1 group.