Formula One’s governing body approved engine regulations for 2026 on Tuesday, an eagerly-awaited move that could lead to the arrival of premium Volkswagen Group brands Porsche and Audi. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) also updated the 2022 and 2023 technical rules to address safety concerns.
The new power unit will retain the high-revving 1.6 litre V6s but have significantly increased electrical power and use 100% sustainable fuels.
The current Motor Generator Unit Heat (MGU-H) element will be removed, reportedly a pre-requisite for the Volkswagen Group brands to come in.
“The regulations are intended to make it possible and attractive for newcomers to join the sport at a competitive level,” the FIA said. (Reuters)