Audi started work on the Formula 1 engine in March

Audi started work on the Formula 1 engine in March

Audi has been working on the 2026 engine since last March, once the basics of the new regulations were clear.

The German brand used its facilities in Neuburg an der Donau for this, where the entire powertrain will be designed and manufactured. It is a fully equipped facility, with test rigs and other items sufficient to develop a Formula 1 engine.

A modern center dating from 2014 which is the sports headquarters of Audi. Despite this, a “rearmament operation” is already underway. The brand has for some time ordered the latest generation AVL test benches, capable of testing not only the engine or transmission, but the entire car.

Currently, 120 people work there, as confirmed by the German publication Auto Motor und Sport, and before the end of the year they will be 200 to reach 300 in the future. It’s a figure that “pales” in comparison to the nearly 1,000 who worked to develop Mercedes’ first powertrain for the current hybrid era.

But at Audi do not underestimate the challenge. On the contrary, they know perfectly well the difficulties they will have to face.. “We know that other bikers have been in this business for a long time and have a head start. But the new rules give us a chance,” said Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.

Oliver Hoffmann, member of the Development Board, agrees but understands that “the new rules will allow newcomers to compete on equal terms”. It probably refers to new motorists benefit from a “supplement” to the budget ceiling, 25 million euros over three years, to recover part of the delayIn addition, the new rule simplifies the engines and today’s pilots will have to give up some of the more advanced technologies.

Andreas Baker will be in charge of the Audi F1 project, after working for Cosworth, BMW and the FIA. He has been working there for two years now. Technical development of the engine will be the responsibility of Stefan Dreyer, who previously worked at Porsche and was responsible for Audi’s “Dakar project”.

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