Audi close to entering F1 as new power unit supplier

Audi close to entering F1 as new power unit supplier

It appears that Audi is making a return to the world of motor racing in grand fashion. According to reports, top level Audi executives are satisfied with the FIA’s new technical regulations for the 2026 power units, and believe they offer a fair compromise for newcomers and existing competitors.

The new power units will be dropping the costly MGU-H system (one of the most complex technical components in an F1 car) in favour of a simpler and cost-effective energy recovery system. The MGU-K unit, which recovers energy from the brakes (like a normal hybrid car), will remain and provide more power.

Power unit costs will also be capped for the first time, which should help smaller teams be more competitive. It’s been said that new suppliers may receive concessions on budget caps for their first few seasons, and that FIA will also introduce 100% sustainable fuels moving forward. These changes appear to be the concessions the VW Group had been lobbying for.

Audi close to entering F1 as new power unit supplier

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A detailed document on the 2026 power units will be submitted by the FIA early next year. So far, the 1.6 litre V6 engine will be retained, and the current turbocharger architecture will remain largely unchanged. Electrical power is also expected to be raised to 350 kilowatts.

Besides power units, the new rules will also see the cars get dramatically reshaped. There will be simpler wings and greater use of ground effect aerodynamics (to reduce turbulence coming off the back), as well as the switch to 18-inch wheels (currently 13-inch) with aero covers and lower-profile tyres.

Meanwhile, it was understood that Porsche, another prominent VW Group brand, is also heavily invested in an F1 engine. In 2017, it built the engine to the required specification, but plans were immediately shelved amid the Dieselgate scandal. Only a matter of time now.

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  • Brian on Dec 21, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Maxi din win the F1 championship, Masi did.

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    • SUPER MAX MAX MAX on Dec 22, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      Masi changed the rules (whether fairly or unfairly is up to you), Max and RB just took the opportunity to win it. if the roles were reversed, Lewis and Merc would’ve done the same.

      And Max deserved to win the championship, he got DNFed 3 times all due to other people’s fault (Lewis in Silverstone and Bottas in Hungary (indirectly)) or a tyre puncture (Baku). Otherwise, he was the better driver all season. Facts

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      • Brian on Dec 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

        Lewis and Merc din need a rule change to win their previous 7 championships. RBR took the loophole for the win, so which team has more integrity & racing spirit of competition?

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        • ToyMachine on Dec 23, 2021 at 5:10 pm

          Lewis and Merc have always had the better car and preferential treatment from the FIA all these years, what happened in Abu Dhabi was also partly a poor call by merc’s strategy in their team fearing losing track position over matching fresh tyres that redbull had, and don’t forget all the teams in F1 had agreed not to end races via a safety car (including Merc agreeing to this) so its hypocritical of toto to call and moan at masi to reinstate the previous lap… merc and lulu fans get over it already even their appeal was dropped.. monopoly by the same team / individual is not good for sports like F1, or any other facet of life for that matter, so just be grateful there was an exciting 2021 season in F1 instead of the same old status quo… merc can grow up and move on to focus on 2022

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