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New F1 engine guidelines pave approach for Porsche, Audi entry | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Revealed On Dec 17, 2021 11:25:00 AM

From 2026, the next-generation F1 powertrains will cast off the MGU-H and run on sustainable gasoline.

The FIA has outlined plans for its next-generation powertrains to characteristic simplified hybrid parts and run on sustainable gasoline. The Volkswagen Group is poised to enter F1 with both the Porsche or Audi model when the brand new power-unit guidelines come into pressure in 2026, and this newest announcement additional boosts that prospect.

  • VW has been pushing for much less complicated F1 hybrid programs
  • Present 1.6-litre V6 engine can be retained

F1 to drop MGU-H

Volkswagen has attended plenty of conferences concerning the new guidelines, however its entry was additionally depending on a call to simplify the vastly complicated twin hybrid system that F1 presently makes use of.

The FIA Motor Sport World Council has now validated a fundamental framework for the 2026 energy unit rules. Powertrains will proceed to be constructed round turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 combustion engines. The whole electrical energy accessible can be elevated to 475hp, though it will now come from a single Vitality Restoration System (ERS) hybrid unit. 

The vastly complicated Motor Generator Unit – Warmth (MGU-H), which captures vitality from exhaust gases, can be scrapped, with all {the electrical} vitality now generated by way of the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-Ok), which recaptures vitality underneath braking.

The Volkswagen Group had been reluctant to decide to the expense of growing an MGU-H system, provided that it has little relevance to highway vehicles. By comparability, the MGU-Ok system is comparable in idea to vitality recapture programs on most road-going hybrids and EVs.

100 % sustainable gasoline

The engines can even run on “100 % sustainable fuels”, though no additional particulars of this have been given. Porsche lately began manufacturing at a trial e-fuels plant in Chile and is aiming to ultimately swap the one-make Porsche Supercup – which runs on the F1 help bundle – to the gasoline.

The FIA stated the foundations had been designed to satisfy 4 key targets. These embody delivering “a robust environmental message” by way of the use of 100 % sustainable gasoline and a shift of focus to electrical energy, and a pledge to make it attainable for newcomers to hitch the game “at a aggressive degree”.

The governing physique additionally desires the brand new guidelines to allow a major value discount and to “defend the present” by way of highly effective, high-revving and loud vehicles that give the drivers the flexibility to race. A extra detailed define of the deliberate 2026 Energy Unit Rules can be given early subsequent 12 months.

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