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German manufacturer Audi will join the Formula 1 World Championship from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier.

It comes after new power unit regulations, designed specifically to make it possible and attractive for newcomers to join the sport at a competitive level, were published earlier this month.

The 2026 power units will maintain the current V6 internal combustion engine architecture but feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels, two factors Audi say were key to it joining.

Audi – who is part of the Volkswagen Group – added that it also supports F1’s plans to be more sustainable and cost-efficient, with a cost cap for power unit manufacturers introduced in 2023 and F1 setting a target of being Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

Extract from formula1.com – read the full article here

Images from Audi Media Centre – see the full release here

Andrew Burden

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