Audi is set to enter the world of F1 racing starting in 2026 using a specially developed hybrid power unit built in Germany. There are new technical rules that will go in effect from 2026 that focus on greater electrification as well as advanced sustainable fuel. Plus, a cost cap for power unit manufacturers will be introduced in 2023.
Beginning with the 2026 season, the electric power output for the power units that consist of an electric motor, battery, control electronics, and a combustion engine, will increase greatly compared to today’s F1 drive systems. How so? The electric motor will almost be as powerful as the turbocharged 1.6L combustion engine, which has an output of approximately 544 horsepower. The power unit is set to be built at Audi’s Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg an der Donau.
- A build for Formula 1 fans – Construct a detailed model replica of McLaren’s 2022 F1 car with this LEGO Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car (42141) building set for adults
- A close collaboration – The LEGO designers worked closely with the team at McLaren Racing, with both sets of experts developing their version of the car at the same time for the 2022 race season
- Modelled on the real car – Includes features like the V6 cylinder engine with moving pistons, steering, suspension and differential for precision cornering
Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA. Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory. The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals,” said Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.