Formula 1 plans to ‘focus on electric power’

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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Dec. 15 (Reuters) – Formula One will focus more on electrics from 2026 when a new, cheaper and more environmentally friendly powertrain is introduced, the ruling FIA said on Wednesday.

He set out key goals and a framework for the regulations in a statement after a meeting in Paris.

Four pillars have been retained: maintaining the 1.6-litre V6 engine, increasing electric power to 350 kW, removing the MGU-H component which generates energy from heat and introducing a unit cost cap.

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The FIA ​​said it wanted to send a strong environmental message, with 100% sustainable fuel and “a refocus on electric power”.

He also wanted to allow new power unit manufacturers to join the sport at a competitive level.

Formula 1 currently only has Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault while Red Bull takes over technology from Honda after the Japanese manufacturer exited at the end of this year.

The Volkswagen Group, owners of Audi and Porsche, have reportedly discussed entering Formula 1, with any decision hinged on whether the sport will follow through on plans to switch to synthetic fuels by 2026. read the continued

The FIA ​​said details of the 2026 Powertrain Regulations would be worked out and submitted to the World Motor Sport Council in early 2022.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon

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