Formula 1 Reveals 2026 Cars With Active Aero News Staff
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Both front a rear wings will contain active elements. Image Credit: FIA

The FIA has announced a new set of regulations for Formula 1 cars that will take effect from 2026.

From 2026, F1 cars will be 30 kilograms lighter, enhancing their agility on the track. The power units will feature a redesigned system with an increased balance with more emphasis placed on electric power, while the internal combustion engine will utilize 100% sustainable fuels. A record number of six power unit manufacturers have committed to these changes.

The power unit regulations, published two years ago, have led to commitments from existing suppliers like Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault, while also attracting Honda’s return and the entry of Audi and Ford, along with interest from Cadillac.

Six powertrain manufacturers will participate in the new formula. Image Credit: FIA

The new regulations aim to deliver more power from hybrid units, with a significant increase in the battery element. The amount of energy that can be recuperated during braking phases will be doubled. The revised chassis regulations will result in lighter and smaller cars, with a reduced wheelbase and overall width. The FIA has also reduced downforce by 30% and drag by 55%, while maintaining the 18-inch wheel size introduced in 2022. The 2026-spec front and rear tires will be narrower compared to previous generations.

The regulations will also introduce a new system that allows drivers a brief burst of additional battery power when they are within one second of the car ahead, aiming to increase overtaking opportunities in place of DRS. Additionally, active aerodynamics, including moveable front and rear wings, will be introduced to facilitate closer racing.

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Look for the 2026 cars to facilitate closer racing. Image Credit: FIA News Staff News Staff

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