F1 2026: What will the new cars be like?

F1 2026

La FIA has already presented the specifications of the new technical regulations for the F1 2026 season. While in the case of the chassis everything is more or less defined, unless there are last minute changes, the truth is that on the engine side it is not yet known exactly what the final specifications will be, so many Manufacturers cannot work on the project definitively.

Anyway, the FIA ​​is wrong again. When this new regulation change was made, it was seen that the most powerful teams were still ahead, such as Red Bull, which has continued to be at the top. Furthermore, with the stability that has existed until now, the teams have gotten closer, there is little difference between them all, which is something sought after by the audience and drivers. By changing to the new regulations there is a risk that others will manage to find a hole in the regulations and once again make a very big difference, making the championship boring again...

The more technical stability, the more all the teams end up converging, but the FIA ​​seems determined to continue taking over the emotion. However, it is true that to set an example for street cars, F1, which acts as a showcase, must set an example with new more "sustainable" measures, or what they are calling sustainable, to sell street cars with similar technologies. But, if we analyze these measures carefully, the truth is that they are quite a joke, and they are very little sustainable. They may reduce emissions, but the impact is still great in other aspects.

Technical specifications of the F1 2026

Well, regardless of whether we like this or not. new technical regulations for F1 2026, let's see what will change, and if it is a solution to the current problems or not:

  • Goodbye to heavy weight: The single-seaters will weigh 30 kg less, reaching a minimum of 768 kg without gasoline (722 kg for the car and 46 kg for the wheels). However, since they will need heavier battery cells, this will be difficult to achieve. It is likely that, despite being more compact, many teams still have overweight problems as is the case today.
  • More compact measurements: The wheelbase is reduced from 3,6 meters to 3,4 meters, while the maximum width is narrowed from 2 meters to 1,9 meters. Some cars are slightly smaller, but not as small as in other times, so on narrow circuits like Monaco, the difference will not be noticeable either.
  • Active aerodynamics: aerodynamics, although it remains simplistic as the trend of the latest technical regulations, preventing cars from looking like they did in the past, with great complexity of aerodynamic elements, will be more sophisticated than now, since active systems arrive. The new active system of simultaneous adjustment of the front and rear wings in two modes: "Z mode" for high downforce and "X mode" for low drag. That is, there will be no DRS, but it will be changed to a kind of "double DRS" on the rear and front wing. And not only that, other changes are also expected such as:
    • The 100 mm narrower front spoiler with two active elements.
    • Removal of the front wheel arches.
    • Front tire wake control panels in front of sidepods.
    • Floor 150 mm narrower and partially flat.
    • Reduced and less powerful diffuser. Therefore, it will be simpler than the current one and there will not be as much floor effect. They took a step forward in this case and now they are taking one step back…
    • Three-element rear spoiler with simplified endplates.
    • In addition to removing the current auto-opening DRS, the beam wing will also be removed.
  • Smaller tires: in the case of the front: 280 mm wide (compared to 305 mm) and 15 mm smaller in external diameter. For the rear: 375 mm wide (compared to 405 mm) and the same external diameter.
  • Reinforced security- Two-level front impact structure, enhanced side intrusion protection and reinforced roll bar. This will mean more weight, which together with the larger batteries, will make it difficult to reduce the weight by those 30 kg.
  • Engine: Although it is not yet definitive, it is also necessary to clarify what is known at the moment about the engine, and in this case, it is not without controversy either. As you know, Audio also enters as an engine for the current Sauber, and Ford to power Red Bull, while Honda will supply engines to Aston Martin. Alpine (Renault), Mercedes, and Ferrari continue, of course. That said, in terms of specifications, the changes are as follows:
    • The thermal engine will go from the current more than 700 HP to have about 535 HP, that is, about 400 kW. It will still be a V6 Turbo.
    • The hybrid or electric system currently provides 150 kW of power, but in F1 2026 it will have 350 kW, about 480 HP. This means that the electric part and the combustion part will provide approximately 50-50% of the power.
    • The current power is 985 HP, therefore lower than the current 1050 HP approx. However, by reducing the weight a little, the HP/kg ratio will remain similar.
    • The fuels will be of 100% bio origin.
    • The complex MGU-H unit that obtained electrical energy from the turbo disappears.
    • The KERS or regenerative brake, that is, the MGU-K, will practically do all the braking work, thus obtaining more electrical energy from it.
    • The fuel tank will also reduce its capacity, going from 110 kg to 75 kg, but that does not mean that refueling will return. They will continue to fill up and will have to last an entire race, only the greater contribution of the electrical part will make them consume less.
  • AI Algorithms: The FIA ​​is also working on algorithms to manage the use of power units and avoid hybrid engines with very uneven performance. That is, thanks to artificial intelligence, the engine maps can be better managed, to match them.

The result of this regulation could be a car that is much faster on the straight than the current ones, but that will be slower in the corners, therefore... I don't know if this is what the fans expected for F1 2026.

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