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Porsche, Audi to enter F1: Volkswagen CEO | Autocar India

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VW Group CEO Herbert Diess says Porsche and Audi have already began engaged on their F1 engines.

The Volkswagen Group has voted in favour of Porsche and Audi becoming a member of System 1, as confirmed by VW Group CEO Herbert Diess throughout a reside session on YouTube.

Each manufacturers had lengthy been linked with an F1 entry as soon as the brand new power-unit guidelines come into pressure in 2026. Final month, an official assertion, following a gathering of the Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board, acknowledged {that a} closing resolution concerning this is able to come as soon as the brand new engine rules had been finalised. Nonetheless, Diess has now stated {that a} transfer to F1 could be a no brainer for Audi and Porsche.

  • Diess says Porsche’s F1 plans extra “concrete” than Audi’s
  • F1’s rising recognition amongst youthful viewers in US, Asia a key issue

Why Porsche and Audi wish to be part of F1

From 2026, F1 powertrains are set to dispose of the massively advanced Motor Generator Unit – Warmth (MGU-H), which captures power from exhaust gases. As an alternative, all {the electrical} power will probably be generated by way of the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-Ok), which recaptures power beneath braking. Given the MGU-H’s restricted relevance to highway automobiles, prior to now, the Volkswagen Group had been reluctant to decide to the expense of growing the system. So, the brand new guidelines paved the way in which for the Volkswagen Group to enter F1.

Diess additional added that F1’s rising recognition within the US, in addition to Asia, particularly among the many youthful buyer teams, in addition to the game’s elevated emphasis on sustainability, make the championship an interesting proposition. He stated, “If you happen to do motorsport, you must do System 1, as that is the place the influence is best. What’s extra, you’ll be able to’t enter System 1 except a expertise window opens up, which implies, as a way to get in there, [you need] a rule change, so that everybody begins once more from the identical place.”

He additionally pressured that that this is able to be the Volkswagen Group’s final probability in a decade to enter F1. “That is coming now, and it’ll additionally come within the path of 2026, when the engines will probably be electrified to a a lot better extent, together with with artificial fuels. Which means you want a brand new engine improvement, and also you want three or 4 years to develop a brand new engine,” he stated.

“Which means you’ll be able to resolve now to do System 1, or then in all probability not once more for 10 years. And our two premium manufacturers suppose that is the best factor to do and are prioritising it.”

He added that whereas the Board wasn’t unanimous on this resolution, “our premium manufacturers say that is an important lever to extend the model worth and to have the ability to take a little bit bit extra for the automobiles by way of pricing. And in addition, to exhibit to the competitors that you’ve superior expertise, within the case of Audi. That is why the Board of Administration and the Supervisory Board have all voted in favour of this.” 

Volkswagen title received’t be immediately concerned

Diess additionally confirmed that the Porsche and Audi are each engaged on coming into F1 individually, and the ‘Volkswagen’ title received’t be immediately linked to the Group’s F1 operations. He additionally added that Porsche’s plans are extra “concrete” than Audi’s at this level.

Porsche is anticipated to tie up with Purple Bull Powertrains for the brand new engine rules from 2026 onwards. The final time Porsche competed in F1 was as an engine provider in 1991, so this is able to mark the model’s return to the championship after over 30 years.

Diess says Audi nonetheless has to resolve which workforce it needs to tie up with. The carmaker has recently been linked to a number of groups, together with Aston Martin, McLaren, and Williams. Regardless, each manufacturers have began to develop their engines.

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