Audi final summer time confirmed plans to enter Method 1 each as a constructor and energy unit provider by the 2026 season, and on the 2023 Shanghai auto present earlier this month the automaker offered an replace on its progress.
Present F1 staff Sauber, which Audi purchased a stake in in the beginning of 2023, will function Audi’s manufacturing facility staff and deal with each building of the race vehicles in addition to race operations at its present base in Hinwil, Switzerland. Sauber has its personal wind tunnel situated on the web site.
Audi has established the brand new firm Audi Method Racing GmbH, based mostly in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany, to supervise the F1 program. The corporate already has 260 specialist workers and can develop this to greater than 300 by the tip of the 12 months, Audi stated.
The ability unit’s growth and building are being dealt with by Audi Method Racing. In response to Oliver Hoffman, Audi’s R&D chief, the event of the facility unit is at present within the idea section, the place the inspiration of the design is being fashioned. Key areas being checked out embrace supplies, manufacturing applied sciences, and vitality administration.
A single-cylinder engine was constructed final 12 months for take a look at bench setup and validation of measuring devices. The primary full energy unit, consisting of the combustion engine, electrical motor, battery, and digital management unit, is scheduled to run on the take a look at bench earlier than the tip of the 12 months. Extra take a look at rigs will even be added to the positioning later within the 12 months, and Audi stated it’s going to additionally improve its present dynamic driving simulator on the Neuburg web site to deliver it as much as F1 requirements.
Audi’s energy unit is being designed to meet new guidelines that will probably be launched to F1 in 2026. The foundations name for a turbo 1.6-liter V-6 in a hybrid configuration, similar to the present setup. Nevertheless, the brand new energy unit will probably be easier because of the elimination of the MGU-H, the electrical motor-generator that recovers exhaust vitality through the turbocharger. The MGU-Okay unit, which recovers vitality from the rear brakes similar to a traditional hybrid, will stay and can deploy extra energy.
The foundations name for a rise in electrical energy to 469 hp from the present 160 hp. Peak output of the system will nonetheless be greater than 1,000 hp, although total gasoline utilization throughout a race ought to drop from about 220 kilos immediately to 154 kilos in 2026. One other key change will probably be using 100% carbon-neutral e-fuel, which F1 is growing with its companions.
The brand new energy unit guidelines along with finances caps launched by F1 just a few years in the past have been vital elements for Audi’s entry into F1, Audi stated. The game’s rising enchantment, notably within the U.S. and China, was additionally vital, in keeping with the automaker.
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