Formula One And The FIA Set Out 2021 Engine Road Map

Barcelona Testfahrten 1, Tag 1 - Wolfgang Wilhelm
 Barcelona Testfahrten 1, Tag 1 - Wolfgang Wilhelm

The Formula One team’s, engine manufacturers, FOM and the FIA met on Tuesday to discuss the future direction of power unit development in the sport.

The following measures were decided on during the meeting with these key points presented to the engine manufacturers:

  • 1.6 Litre, V6 Turbocharged Hybrid
  • 3000rpm higher engine running speed in order to increase the noise of the power unit.
  • Prescriptive internal design parameters to restrict development costs and discourage extreme designs and running conditions.
  • Removal of the MGUH
  • More powerful MGUK with focus on manual driver deployment in race together with option to save up energy over several laps to give a driver controlled tactical element to racing.
  • Single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits.
  • Stand energy store and control electronics.
  • High Level of external prescriptive design to give Plug And Play engine, chassis transmission swap capacity.
  • Intention to investigation tighter fuel regulation and limits on the number of fuels used.

The FIA’s Secretary General for Sport Peter Bayer commented by saying:

Today was a key step in the development of the Power Unit regulations for 2021. The FIA has been working with the Commercial Rights Holder to define a positive step forward for these regulations which maintain Formula One’s place at the pinnacle of motor sport technology whilst addressing the key issues facing the sport such as cost, road relevance and fan experience at the racetrack. We felt it was important to bring the teams into the discussions today and explain the direction we are taking and I’m pleased with the response we have received.

Formula One’s Managing Director of Motorsport, Ross Brawn commented by saying

The 2021 power unit is an example of the future way the FIA as regulators, F1 as commercial right holders, the teams and the manufacturers as stakeholders will work together for the common good of the sport. The proposal presented today was the outcome of a series of meeting which took place during 2017 with the current teams participating in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the manufacturers who showed their interest to be part of the pinnacle of motor sport. Also, we’ve carefully listened to what the fans think about the current PU and what they would like to see in the near future with the objective to define a set of regulations which will provide a powertrain that is simpler, cheaper and noisier and will create the conditions to facilitate new manufacturers to enter Formula 1 as powertrain suppliers and to reach a more levelled field in the sport. The new F1 has the target to be the world’s leading global sports competition married to state of the art technology. To excite, engage, and awe fans of all ages but to do so in a sustainable manner. We believe that the future power unit will achieve this.

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