The FIA has revealed the key details of Formula 1's future engine platform that is scheduled to be introduced in 2026 and that will put the emphasis on cost and electrification.
F1 will retain its current 1.6-litre V6 engine architecture and will increase the unit's electrical power to 350kW (approximately 469 bhp), but scrap as expected the costly and complex MGU-H element.
A power unit cost cap will also be introduced, the level of which has yet to be decided.
F1's governing body says that it has identified the following key objectives of the future power unit's platform:
- A Powerful Environmental Message: 100% sustainable fuel, overall efficiency, and shift to focus to electrical power.
- Significant Cost Reduction: technical, operational and financial regulations.
- Newcomers: make it possible for them to join the sport at a competitive level.
- Protect the Show: powerful and high-revving power unit, car performance, sound, drivers' ability to race, avoiding excessive differentiation.
The framework planned by the FIA – especially its cost reduction component – should appeal to prospective new engine suppliers such as Audi and Porsche who are both mulling an entry into F1 in 2026, with a final decision by the VW Group expected by the end of this month
A comprehensive document offering more detail on F1's power unit of the future is expected to be submitted to the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in the first quarter of 2022.