FIA confirms new Power Unit regulations for 2026
After several months of talks and meetings, the FIA in cooperation with the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has confirmed the official details on the Power Unit regulations, set to be applied from 2026 onwards.
The long awaited regulation changes regarding the 2026 Power Units have been confirmed, and they consist of four main points:
retaining the 1.6-litre V6 engine
increasing electrical power
eliminating the MGU-H
imtroduction of power unit cost cap
The same turbo 1.6-litre V6 layout will continue to be in use, while the engine's electrical power will be increased, to reach 350 kW.
The FIA has also confirmed in the official statement that the MGU-H will be abandoned, to reduce cost and simplify the PU's structure.
A cost cap of $95 million will be in place from 2022 until 2025, while the FIA 2026 F1 Power Unit Financial Regulations make clear that this cost cap will increase to $130 million from 2026 onwards. This cost cap does not affect the current generation of Power Units,
F1 keeps working on the sport's goal to reach a completely sustainable future, while a net zero carbon aim is set for 2030. FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, talked on the matter:
"The FIA continues to push forward on innovation and sustainability – across our entire motor sport portfolio – the 2026 Formula 1 Power Unit Regulations are the most high-profile example of that mission.
"The introduction of advanced PU technology along with synthetic sustainable fuels aligns with our objective of delivering benefits for road car users and meeting our objective of net zero carbon by 2030.
"Formula 1 is currently enjoying immense growth and we are confident these Regulations will build on the excitement our 2022 changes have produced.
"I want to thank all of the FIA management and technical staff involved in this process for their diligence and commitment in working together with all of our Formula 1 stakeholders to deliver this.
"I also want to thank our WMSC members for their consideration and approval of these regulations."