By Alan Baldwin
LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Formula One’s governing body approved engine regulations for 2026 on Tuesday, a long-awaited move that could see the arrival of the Volkswagen Group’s premium brands Porsche and Audi.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has also updated the 2022 and 2023 technical rules to address safety issues.
The new power supply will keep the high-revving 1.6-litre V6s, but will have significantly more electrical output and use 100% sustainable fuels.
The current Motor Generator Unit Thermal Element (MGU-H) will be eliminated, which would be a prerequisite for the entry of Volkswagen Group brands.
“The regulations are intended to make it possible and attractive for new entrants to enter the sport at a competitive level,” the FIA said, adding that they were the result of a collaboration between the FIA and current UP (propulsion unit) manufacturers. as potential.
The WMSC also approved changes to the roll bars, as a result of the ferocious accident Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou suffered at Silverstone, and measures to reduce the aerodynamic phenomenon known as “porpoising”.
FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem said the entity “has a duty to act and ensure that drivers are not put at undue risk of injury as a result of this phenomenon.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, edited in Spanish by Aida Peláez-Fernández)