The FIA, Formula 1 and F1 teams have agreed on key points for the new generation of F1 engines to be used from 2025 and the most important point for fans is the goal of making the new power units ‘powerful’ and emotive’.
Formula 1 has been using 1,6-liter V6 turbo engines with an energy recovery system since 2014, which today have more than 1000 HP combined, but the lack of powerful sound for which the F1 was known in the past is one of the key complaints among the audience.
The new powertrain should be ‘relevant’ in terms of environmental protection, ‘significantly cheaper’ and with more emotion while also being more appealing to new manufacturers who have so far been repelled by the extreme complexity of current power units.
The F1 Commission, which today voted to freeze the current generation engine from 2022 to the end of 2024, has announced five key points that the new 2025 power units should meet.
- Environmental sustainability and social and automotive relevance
- Fully sustainable fuel
- Creating a strong and emotional power unit
- Significant cost reduction
- Attractiveness to new power unit manufacturers
The engine freeze rule means that the current generation of power units from the beginning of 2022 will be the same as until the end of their cycle at the end of 2024 because the specification they start with in 2022 cannot be developed any more.
Thanks to that decision, Red Bull will be able to use Honda engines even after 2021, since the Japanese manufacturer is withdrawing from F1 at the end of this season and they themselves do not have the resources or knowledge to develop current complex power units.