Formula 1 will retain a 1.6-litre V6 engine while eliminating the MGU-H and increasing electrical power to 350kW under the next regulation cycle, which is set to start in 2026, it has been confirmed.
Existing and prospective manufacturers (including representatives from Volkswagen Group brands Porsche and Audi) have been involved in discussions over the new engine regulations throughout the year.
It is hoped that F1 will be able to attract new names, such as Porsche and Audi, while keeping current suppliers happy.
A meeting at the Italian Grand Prix was described by F1 and the FIA as "positive", with the side note that "some details remain to be addressed, however we expect these to be resolved in the coming weeks".
Three months on, and following the latest meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, further details have been revealed.
As it stands, the 2026 power unit regulations will be based on the following four pillars:
- Retaining the 1.6-litre V6 engine
- Increasing electrical power to 350kW
- Eliminating the MGU-H
- Introducing a power unit cost cap
Meanwhile, four key objectives have been set, namely "a powerful environmental message" driven by 100 percent sustainable fuel, efficiency and a shift of focus to electrical power; a "significant cost reduction" across the board; making it possible for new entrants to join at "a competitive level"; and "protecting the show" through a powerful, high-revving power unit, car performance, sound and drivers' ability to race.
Porsche recently set out three conditions for an F1 return, covering a budget cap, electrification and making the field more competitive.
A detailed document of the 2026 power unit regulations will be developed and submitted to the World Motor Sport Council in early 2022.
In addition, the 23-round, 2022 F1 calendar - as previously revealed by RacingNews365.com - has been officially approved.
Meanwhile, various unspecified refinements to the 2022 Technical Regulations were given the green light, following close collaboration between F1 teams and the FIA.
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