Volkswagen Group said it had conducted preliminary negotiations with three teams including Red Bull when considering entering F1 as an engine supplier in 2025. BBC Reports.
Porsche and its parent company Volkswagen Group have confirmed that they are considering entering F1 in 2025, depending on the direction of the new F1 engine regulations.
“If those aspects are identified, we will evaluate them in detail within the Volkswagen Group and discuss further steps,” said Fritz Enginegar, vice president of Porsche Motorsport.
F1 has promised to make e-fuel a central part of the sport from 2025. E-fuel is a carbon-neutral fuel that can power internal combustion engines without the environmental impact of traditional fossil fuels. It is offered in a variety of forms, including biofuels made from biomass and synthetic fuels made by an industrial process that captures carbon from the atmosphere.
F1 executives say Porsche is involved in the discussion of the new engine rules.
“Porsche and Volkswagen AG are observing ever-changing regulations in all relevant racing series around the world, which will lead to the regulation of the new F11 engine and drivetrain from 2025,” said Fritz Engineger. Also applies. “
Discussions among stakeholders over the new F1 regulations have moved to regulatory details. This is part of F1’s broader plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Porsche and Volkswagen “are not currently actively participating in these forums,” Fretz Engineger said.
If the Volkswagen Group promises to enter F1, it is likely to be either a Porsche or Audi brand, sources said. And it’s not clear if it will be a complete works team like Mercedes, or an engine supplier to an existing F1 team.
BBC Reported that the Volkswagen Group had its first preliminary talks with three teams, Red Bull, McLaren and Williams.
Red Bull is clearly attractive because it has no connection to the level of competitiveness and the car maker. Honda, its current engine partner, withdrew from F1 at the end of the season, and Red Bull signed a contract to take over Honda’s F1 power unit technology and keep it up and running until the end of 2024.
Red Bull hasn’t commented on Porsche, but team principal Christian Horner said last month that OEMs are also open to partnerships with car makers.
“When an exciting partner comes in, whether it’s an OEM or another type of partner, of course it makes sense to take it seriously,” said Christian Horner.
Meanwhile, Jost Capito, who was recently appointed CEO of Williams, has a long career as a management team for the Volkswagen Group. 62-year-old Jost Capito was head of Volkswagen Motorsport from 2012 to 2016 and returned to Volkswagen’s high-performance roadcar division in 2017 after a brief period at McLaren. He also worked in Porsche from 1989 to 1996.
Williams declined to comment.
In addition, McLaren, whose team representative Andreas Seidl is the former head of Porsche Motorsport, has launched a new customer engine contract with Mercedes this season.
A McLaren spokeswoman said he “never commented on speculation” about the rumors with Volkswagen.
F1’s new CEO Stefano Domenicali is also a former executive of the Volkswagen Group. 55-year-old Domenicali joined F1 in January after working for five years as CEO of Volkswagen Group’s Lamborghini.
Prior to that, he was responsible for Volkswagen’s future projects. He was working on investigating the company’s F1 feasibility when it was hit by a reduced-plan diesel gate emissions scandal. This is the second time in the last decade that the Volkswagen Group has failed to implement the F1 program after investigating F1 in the last decade.
After participating in discussions about the current F1 engine in the early 2010s, he finally decided to focus on endurance racing.
The 2025 F1 engine will be centered around hybrid power, which combines an internal combustion engine with electrical and regenerative elements. The purpose is that the total output produced by the regeneration of electricity and energy will dominate more than the current F1 engine.
The turbo-hybrid engine used in F1 since 2014 has sparked a technological revolution in terms of thermal efficiency, the rate of conversion of fuel energy into usable electricity. They have a thermal efficiency rating of over 50% compared to 30% for a typical commercial gasoline engine. But they are complex and expensive, and F1 bosses say they want to ensure that the new F1 engine is more cost-effective.
Many road car makers are interested in electronic fuels as a carbon-neutral power solution due to the limited practical application of electric vehicles for all purposes. And Porsche has already built its own synthetic fuel manufacturing plant in southern Chile.
Electronic fuel can also be used in areas where batteries are not suitable, such as air travel where the battery is too heavy to power an airplane.
Last month, Stefano Domenicali said:
“Therefore, the hybridization we want to offer in the future is the right platform for manufacturers to present their products,” said Stefano Domenicali.
“Hybrid will be a versatile platform for investing and promoting the efficiency of power units or powertrains. Carbon neutral is another element at the center of our discussion, such as e-fuels and organic fuels. All good is OEM and F1 team share this view. ”