Formula 1 could be set for a switch to much louder and cheaper engines from the 2021 Formula 1 season, following the first meeting to discuss the next era of Formula 1 in Paris.
On Friday, FIA president Jean Todt met with Formula 1’s current manufacturers as well as the Volkswagen Group to discuss the direction the sport should take on power unit front, with the current hybrid era engines often criticized as “expensive”, “quiet” and “complicated”.
Although there are still many years of discussions remaining until new regulations could be formed for the new power units, it is understood that an agreement was reached, wherein the sport will scrap the current 1.6 litre turbo hybrid power units.
Whilst it was agreed that the current power units, which was majorly influenced by manufacturers improving their production-car engines, the press release published by the FIA stated that the new engines would remain road relevant.
Moreover, F1 Hub understands that the outline for the new engines featured louder noise generated by the power units, and in addition, cheaper to develop.
Whilst one of the key aims is to improve road car technology, the press release stated that the new engines must “desire to allow drivers to drive harder at all times”, which suggests increased durability of the power units, as well as a potential lift at the current 105 KG fuel restriction.
Talking about the first meeting for the 2021 regulations, Jean Todt said: “I was very pleased with the process, and the fact that so many different stakeholders were able to agree on a direction for the FIA F1 world championship in such an important technical area.
“Of course, now we must sit down and work through the fine details of exactly what the 2021 power units will be – but we have begun on the right foot, and I am looking forward to working through the process to come up with the best decision for Formula 1 into the future.”