The power unit regulation is being drafted to come into force in 2026, although some details of what will change are known. There is interest on the part of the Volkswagen group, through Audi and Porsche, in being part of the field of the discipline after the regulatory changes, although the level of involvement of the two German brands is not yet official.
Opponents are also gearing up for 2026, which will see the biggest regulatory change following what happened this year at the chassis level. According to Bruno Famin, responsible for the development of Renault power units that equip Alpine’s single-seaters, its structure is already preparing for the changes that should be announced shortly.
“We have already started to work out some details”, confirmed Bruno Famin to Motorsport-Total.com. “The rules themselves are not final yet, but we are already working on it. And we are at a very advanced stage.”
Famin also explained that Renault is investing in “new systems” and “new test benches”, all this in “preparation for the development of the new generation of engines. You always have to be investing. Ever”.
The FIA World Council, held last December, ratified the guidelines for the new power units that will come on the scene in 2026. The 1.6-litre V6 engine will be maintained, with an increase in electric power to 350 kW (470 hp) and eliminating the MGU-H, the most complex and expensive component of the power unit. In addition, a cost cap for engines will be introduced.
Knowing this, Renault is adapting its “systems to new technologies and rules. After all, something new is always needed to test, there is always something to learn”, stressed Famin.
The 2022 Renault engine is performing well on the track, which for Famin means they are on the right track. “The fact that the power unit and the car are back at the front in 2022 is proof that our calculations are working. Let’s keep the pressure on,” he concluded.
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