FIA wants to focus on electric power
Formula 1 will place a greater emphasis on electrics from 2026 when a new, cheaper and more environmentally friendly powertrain is introduced, the ruling FIA announced on Wednesday.
He set out key goals and a framework for the regulations in a statement after a meeting in Paris.
Four pillars have been retained: maintaining the 1.6-litre V6 engine, increasing electric power to 350 kW, removing the MGU-H component which generates energy from heat and introducing a unit cost cap.
The FIA said it wanted to send a strong environmental message, with 100% sustainable fuel and a “shift in focus towards electric power”.
He also wanted to allow new power unit manufacturers to join the sport at a competitive level.
Formula 1 currently only has Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault while Red Bull takes over technology from Honda after the Japanese manufacturer exited at the end of the year.
The Volkswagen Group, owners of Audi and Porsche, have reportedly discussed entering Formula 1, with any decision hinged on whether the sport will follow through on its plans to switch to synthetic fuels by 2026.
The FIA said details of the 2026 Power Unit Regulations would be worked out and submitted to the World Motor Sport Council in early 2022. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)