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Red Bull gets what it wants: MGU-H disappears from new Formula 1 engine

Red Bull gets what it wants: MGU-H disappears from new Formula 1 engine

15-09-2021 06:31 Last update: 09:31


In the weekend of the Italian Grand Prix an important meeting was scheduled. All manufacturers would sit down at the table again to discuss the new engines from 2025 onwards, and good news has come out of those talks. The MGU-H will disappear according to Motorsport.com.

Engine meeting in Italy

The Formula 1 teams will drive with the current engines until 2024. At the end of 2021, they can be updated one more time, after which the development will be frozen. The engine will be used for at least three years, after which new rules will come into force. For those new rules F1, the FIA, current manufacturers and also the Volkswagen Group sat around the table in Italy.

The most important outcome of this discussion is that the MGU-H will disappear. The part in the current engine that converts exhaust gasses into energy is very expensive and was especially pointed out by Red Bull as a part that should be removed from the new engine. The other parties have complied.

Although Volkswagen hoped for a four-cylinder engine, they have resigned themselves to the fact that from 2025 onwards a 1.6 litre V6 Turbo will be used. However, this one will be much more standardised. Parts of the combustion engine will be standardised and will ensure that teams do not continue to spend a lot of money on the small details of this combustion engine. That will now go more into the electrical component.

Electric power in F1

From 2025, the combustion engine should only provide half of the total power (1000hp). The rest must be generated electrically, so the sport remains relevant for car manufacturers. Whether the engine will be introduced in 2025 is uncertain. Earlier, there was talk of postponing it to 2026, but both plans are still on the table.

The biggest stumbling block according to Motorsport.com is the cost. Despite the disappearance of the MGU-H, there are still some wrinkles to be ironed out here. The future engine should no longer cost 2 million, but 1 million euro, for which a budget cap will also be established. This still needs to be negotiated though. Mercedes, with four customer teams, would like to have more leeway with the budget cap and the current manufacturers also want more leeway in the transition year from the current engines to the new engines.