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Audi confirms 2026 F1 entry | Autocar India

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Audi will construct F1 powertrains at its motorsport headquarters in Germany. F1 crew accomplice to be confirmed by finish of this yr.

Audi has lastly confirmed plans to enter F1 in 2026 as an influence unit producer. Additional info on which crew they are going to be lining up with might be introduced by the top of this yr.

  • Audi scraps LMDh plans to concentrate on F1
  • To announce F1 crew accomplice by end-2022

New engine guidelines clear path for Audi F1 entry

Earlier this month, the FIA World Motor Sport Council authorized the new F1 engine rules that may come into impact in 2026. These new guidelines will see the complicated MGU-H system (which captures power from exhaust gases) scrapped altogether. Provided that the system has little relevance to street automobiles, it didn’t make a lot sense for brand new producers to commit giant funds for its growth.

As a substitute, the MGU-Okay (which recaptures power underneath braking) will generate 350kW – greater than thrice {the electrical} energy generated by the MGU-H and MGU-Okay collectively presently. The electrical motor will then be almost as highly effective because the combustion engine, which has an output of about 544hp (400kW).

Furthermore, the 1.6-litre turbo engine will run on totally sustainable gasoline – one thing that Audi says was a prerequisite for the model’s F1 entry. Along with the present cap on prices for groups, a price cap for energy unit producers may even be launched in 2023.

Which F1 crew will Audi accomplice with?

Audi will construct its personal powertrains at its motorsport headquarters in Neuburg, Germany, and each CEO Markus Duesmann and technical boss Oliver Hoffman have steered the event programme will inform growth of electrified street automobiles.

“That is the primary time in additional than a decade {that a} System 1 powertrain might be in-built Germany,” Audi notes. Paddock rumours counsel a possible tie up with Sauber – which presently runs its automobiles underneath the Alfa Romeo banner. Nonetheless, Audi hasn’t revealed a lot about this, merely stating it’ll announce a accomplice for 2026 by the top of this yr. 

Talking to reporters, Duesmann stated, “Motorsport is an integral a part of Audi’s DNA. System 1 is each a world stage for our model and a extremely difficult growth laboratory. The mixture of excessive efficiency and competitors is all the time a driver of innovation and know-how switch in our business.”

“With the brand new guidelines, now’s the suitable time for us to become involved. In spite of everything, System 1 and Audi each pursue clear sustainability objectives.”

Audi scraps LMDh plans

To be able to focus utterly on its F1 efforts going ahead, Audi has scrapped plans to return to the World Endurance Championship with a brand new LMDh prototype. “System 1 is the following main milestone in Audi’s motorsport historical past,” stated Julius Seebach, who will quickly depart his function as boss of Audi Sport to “tackle a brand new strategic enterprise space in Technical Improvement, reporting on to the chief board”.

Audi says there are already F1 powertrain take a look at benches in place at its Neuburg growth centre, and that it has began to make preparations “when it comes to personnel, buildings, and technical infrastructure”. It has additionally fashioned a brand new firm particularly devoted to System 1 powertrain growth, wholly owned by its motorsport arm, Audi Sport. 

Adam Baker – a current Audi recruit from the FIA – will lead that new firm as CEO of Audi’s System 1 undertaking. 

Porsche’s F1 plans

Porsche but to solidify its personal plans for a System 1 entry, although it’s broadly reported to be buying a 50 p.c stake in UK-based Crimson Bull Applied sciences. That is possible with a view to turning into the present prime crew’s engine provider, following Honda’s exit from the game final yr.

Particulars of precisely what form this partnership may take stay to be seen, and the German sports activities automotive producer has not publicly commented on the reviews.

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