The FIA have made solid strides towards new engine regulations for 2021, laying down proposals for the next generation of Formula One Power Unit. Having presented to Formula One team representatives earlier today, the FIA have made a commitment to develop on the current and generally unpopular engine regulations currently in play within Grand Prix racing as they look to reduce costs, increase the audio experience and attract a new wave of manufacturers to the sport in future years. “We’ve carefully listened to what the fans think about the current PU and what they would like to see in the near future, with the objective to define a set of regulations which will provide a powertrain that is simpler, cheaper and noisier and will create the conditions to facilitate new manufacturers to enter Formula 1 as powertrain suppliers and to reach a more levelled field in the sport,” said Ross Brawn, F1’s MD, Motorsports. “The new F1 has the target to be the world’s leading global sports competition married to state of the art technology. To excite, engage, and awe fans of all ages but to do so in a sustainable manner. We believe that the future power unit will achieve this.” Although undoubtedly an exceptionally impressive piece of engineering excellence, the current hybrid PU solution employed within Formula One has met with general apathy from Formula One fans brought up on the brutal sounds of V12, V10 and V8 high revving machines of yesteryear. Although the sport must remain relevant to the direction of modern automotive trends, it appears that Brawn and the Formula One group are not closed to the idea of changing a formula that has been in place since 2014 as they look to address some of the main concerns raised by the vocal Formula One community and the teams themselves, as well as looking to attract new manufacturers to a sport drastically lacking in variety on the engine front. Although initial meetings have taken place, it is expected the full and comprehensive details around the new regulations will be released toward the end of 2018. As for the meeting held earlier today, the FIA has confirmed the following outline features that will form the basis of the new regulations: The key features of the proposals presented to manufacturer representatives at Tuesday's meeting: 1.6 Litre, V6 Turbo Hybrid 3000rpm higher engine running speed range to improve the sound Prescriptive internal design parameters to restrict development costs and discourage extreme designs and running conditions Removal of the MGUH More powerful MGUK with focus on manual driver deployment in race together with option to save up energy over several laps to give a driver controlled tactical element to racing Single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits Standard energy store and control electronics High Level of external prescriptive design to give ‘Plug-And-Play’ engine/chassis/transmission swap capability Intention to investigate tighter fuel regulations and limits on number of fuels used “Today was a key step in the development of the Power Unit regulations for 2021," added Peter Bayer, FIA Secretary-General for Sport. "The FIA has been working with the Commercial Rights Holder to define a positive step forward for these regulations which maintain Formula One’s place at the pinnacle of motor sport technology whilst addressing the key issues facing the sport such as cost, road relevance and fan experience at the racetrack. We felt it was important to bring the teams into the discussions today and explain the direction we are taking and I’m pleased with the response we have received.” For more news and discussion from Grand Prix racing head over to the Formula One sub forum here at RD and get involved in the action yourself today. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Happy to see the FIA are willing to address the current PU regulation concerns? Can the sport attract more manufacturers with the new regs? Let us know in the comments section below!