If the attractiveness of the product F1 how sports entertainment is constantly growing, as shown by the progressive increase in the grand prix on the calendar, the same cannot be said regarding the interest of car manufacturers since the advent of the era turbo-hybrid.
In 2014 only Ferrari, Mercedes And Renault they took up the technological challenge represented by the design and construction of complex and expensive ones power unit to which he joined Honda in the following season re-proposing the glorious partnership with McLaren.
It is necessary to remember that in the early 2000s, almost all the major brands in the automotive sector were present in the highest formula not only as suppliers of engines to customer teams, but also as manufacturers, just think of BMW And Toyota.
The enormous technological advantage of the Mercedes in the first years of the revolution turbo-hybrid represented a further obstacle to the entry of other competitors, aware of having to recover a huge gap with respect to the competition without having a significant return in the image of their brand immediately, as demonstrated by the difficult years of learning Honda.
The retirement of the Japanese giant at the end of last season, at the height of technological maturity crowned with the conquest of the drivers’ title by Max Verstappenhas been the subject of concern not only for the governance of Formula 1 but also of the competition itself which, for obvious reasons of image, intend to challenge the most prestigious brands in motorsport.
In this sense, the elaboration of the new technical regulation of the power unitwhose effectiveness is expected for the season 2026was designed with a view to a substantial reduction in costs and the simplification of the current engine architectures to the advantage of solutions similar to hypercars, effectively marking the end of the motor generator MGU-H (the generator that recovers energy from the exhaust gases).
The rumors according to which the group Volkswagen is about to enter F1 by fielding the brands Audi And Porschebecome more and more insistent and plausible precisely in relation to the consolidated know-how in the electrification sector and in the use of e-Fuel.
Precisely in the field of biofuels, the joint ventureis between Porsche And Siemensas part of the project Haru Oniled to the creation of a synthetic fuel that is created by dividing water into oxygen and green hydrogen, and then combining CO2 with green hydrogen to produce synthetic methanol, which is then converted into eFuel, which can be used in normal combustion engines.
The appointment with history is scheduled for next Thursday, the date on which the board of directors of the colossus is expected to meet Ingolstadt in which the green light will be given to the investment for the F1 project.
According to some sources, Audi will invest around 500 million euros to acquire the McLaren while the Porsche brand would be used in a long-term partnership with Red Bull that at least until 2025 will manage the Honda engines in the brand new structure specifically created in factory Of Milton Keynes.
If for the brand Audi it is an absolute debut in the top racing series as regards Porsche it is a return.
The history of the Porsche in Formula 1 in quality of manufacturer, officially begins on May 26, 1958 on the circuit of Zandvoort when the Dutch driver Carel Godin de Beaufort he decided to take part in the home GP with one RSKnothing but one 718 with covered wheels finishing in eleventh position 6 laps behind the winner Stirling Moss.
In 1962 Porsche deploy the 804the only single-seater of its kind, characterized by the presence of an air-cooled 1.5 8-cylinder opposed engine and on 8 July in the French GP the first and only victory for the Stuttgart brand arrives in the Circus.
Porsche comes back in F1 as a team engineer McLaren between 1983 and 1987, winning two constructors ‘championships and three drivers’ championships.
The legendary powerplant TAG-Porschedesigned by Hans Mezgerinitially capable of delivering a power of 780 hp, at the end of its development, it touched the power of 950 hp.
The last official appearance of the Porsche brand in the top flight he dates back to the 1991 season as a team engineer Footwork.
The experience was so negative that, during the current season, the Team decided to rely on the less powerful but more reliable engine Ford Cosworth DFR handled by Brian Hart.
The probable return of Porsche and the debut ofAudi In the Circus it will certainly be greeted with enthusiasm by fans and the circus that will be able to include new prestigious brands at the starting line for future competitive seasons.
F1-Author: Roberto Cecere – @robertofunoat
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