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Revolution in Formula 1: What the cars will be like after the 2026 World Cup

Revolution in Formula 1: What the cars will be like after the 2026 World Cup

In the preview of Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, FIA revealed the fundamental details of the “agile” car concept that will arrive along with the new power units and the mandatory use of fully sustainable fuel, according to the Motorsport portal.

With active aerodynamics, the new cars will be 30 kilos lighter than the current ones Formula 1 and they will be shorter and narrower.

The wheelbase will be reduced from 3,600mm to 3,400mm, and the width of the cars will go from 2,000mm to 1,900mm. In addition, the maximum width of the floor will be reduced by 150mm.

Although it will maintain the 18-inch wheels that have been present since 2022, the width of the front tires will be reduced by 25mm and that of the rear tires by 30mm, although it is expected that this will not result in a significant loss of grip.

As part of an effort to get the chassis perfectly suited to new engine standards, as well as to help the cars track each other better, downforce has been reduced by 30% and drag by 55%.

The key aerodynamic elements of the car, which features movable spoilers, were designed to minimize the phenomenon of dirty air, so detrimental to wheel-to-wheel fighting.

This includes a narrower front spoiler, deletion of the arches over the front wheels and wheel wake control plates in front of the sidepods.

At the rear of the car, there will be a three-element active rear wing, with simplified endplates, with the lower beam spoiler removed.

Hidden from view, they will have a partially flat floor and a lower power diffuser to reduce the ground effect and not depend so much on the performance of an ultra-rigid, low-height setup.

The cars will also feature enhanced safety features such as a two-stage front impact structure and improved side intrusion protection. The roll hoop loads have also been increased from 16G to 20G, while the rear wing tip lights will be brighter.

The FIA ​​single-seater director, Nikolas Tombazisdescribed the new regulations as a “moderate revolution”, but recognized that it fits perfectly with what F1 should be.

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The FIA ​​unveiled the fundamental details of the “agile” car concept that will arrive along with new power units and the mandatory use of fully sustainable fuel from 2026.

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The “moderate revolution” of the new regulation

“With this regulation, the FIA ​​wanted to develop a new generation of cars that are totally in contact with the DNA of Formula 1,” he said.

“Cars that are light, supremely fast and agile, but that also remain at the forefront of technology, and to achieve this we have worked towards what we have called an ‘agile car’ concept.”

“Lighter, more powerful and more focused on driver skill, the FIA ​​Formula 1 Technical Regulations for 2026 have been designed to deliver closer racing between drivers, increase competition between teams and enhance the spectacle” .

The president of the FIA, Mohammed Ben SulayemHe added: “Our goal, together with Formula 1, was to produce a car suitable for the future of the sport’s elite category. We believe we have achieved that goal.”

The new 2026 regulations will be ratified at a meeting of the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council on June 28.

Source: Ambito

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