At the beginning of next year, Volkswagen should confirm what has been talked about for a long time, and that is their entry into Formula 1 in 2026 in the role of the engine manufacturer, although it is not yet certain with which brand they will do so.
After the recent confirmation of the rejection of MGU-H from future power units to be used from 2026, the FIA and Formula 1 have provided all the conditions for the entry of a new engine manufacturer, for the first time since 2015.
Honda is the last new manufacturer to join Formula 1 in 2015, but the Japanese decided to retire at the end of 2021 and Red Bull will use their powertrains called Red Bull Powertrains in an era of frozen engine development that will run from 2022 to the end of 2025.
Audi CEO Markus Duesmann and Oliver Hoffman, board members of Audi AG Technical Development, thanked the FIA for everything they have done to allow new manufacturers to enter Formula 1. Autocar cites their letter to Jean Todt whose last term in his 12-year FIA presidency expired this month.
"Thank you for all your efforts, now that we are very close to the finish line," the letter reads. “We have recently reached another important moment, the first draft of technical, sports, and financial rules.
We believe that it contains satisfactory solutions for all goals. "
They are happy for the opportunity they will get and right now they have a chance to show how much quality they have and that Volkswagen is a truly phenomenal manufacturer "We look forward to working with you and your team to complete this important process and confirm our entry into Formula One early next year."
Last week’s World Motorsport Council meeting reaffirmed the framework for new powertrains from 2026 that will be cheaper, simpler, have better sound, and more power, in line with general trends in the automotive industry, while power should remain similar to the current generation with more of 1000 hp.
Electric power should increase from a maximum of 120 kW (163 hp) to 350 kW (476 hp), and the internal combustion engine will continue to be the 1.6-liter V6 introduced in 2014. We will see if Volkswagen will make big changes and if it turns out to be a good decision.
Given their quality, we have no doubt that things will go great, but F1 is something completely different and they will have to adapt to different conditions.