The FIA has confirmed further details of its planned new Formula 1 power unit regulations for the 2026 season including a “shift of focus to electrical power”.
It aims to “make it possible for [newcomers] to join the sport at a competitive level” but has not indicated any specific concessions which will be made. F1 has been courting entries from Volkswagen Group brands Porsche and Audi.
The current 1.6-litre V6 turbos will be retained, but run on a “100% sustainable fuel”.
The total electrical power produced by the power units will almost triple from 120kW to 350kW. However the expensive MGU-H systems, which recover energy from heat, will be dispensed with.
A detailed specification of the 2026 power unit rules is now being drawn up for submission to the World Motor Sport Council early next year.
The FIA also confirmed refinements to the technical regulations for next year had been agreed.
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