Audi and Porsche, brands of Volkswagen, have been wanting Formula 1 to adopt four-wheel drive for their cars in the future.
They expect the change to be implemented for the next set of engine regulations from 2025 or 2026.
Recently, at the Red Bull Ring, a meeting was held to discuss the future of F1 engine rules. This meeting was attended by CEOs of both the German luxury carmakers.
F1 to stick with hybrid concept
Correspondent Andrea Cremonesi, writing for La Gazzetta dello Sport, mentioned that all stakeholders agree to stick with the hybrid concept but want it to become simpler and cheaper.
While the details are not really out there, Volkswagen will enter F1 only if one fundamental change takes place, according to Cremonesi.
“Strengthened by the experiences in WEC and Formula E, the two German manufacturers put forward the proposal to introduce four-wheel drive,” he said.
Energy-recovery technology to be scrapped
Cremonesi also mentioned that Porsche and Audi want the front wheels to be powered by a new electric motor.
Cremonesi went on to state that one significant change for the 2025-2025 year is the scrapping of the MGU-H energy recovery technology. This was not only expensive but also complex and heavy.
“Only the MGU-K would remain, but the recovery of the kinetic energy would be increased with the use of a more powerful component,” he explained.
Sustainable fuels to be used
The engine, however, will remain the 1.6 liter V6. Only new sustainable fuels will be introduced.
“In Europe, we can all imagine driving electric vehicles by 2030,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
“But in the rest of the world, we will still have millions of vehicles – including Mercedes vehicles – running on petrol.
“So what we can do is contribute with our innovation to develop sustainable fuels, whether bio or synthetic,” he added.
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