Aston Martin looking to make own power unit by 2026

The current 1.6-litre V6 engines will be retained in F1's engine regulations for 2026, but the MGU-H component will be removed.

The Aston Martin AMR22. (Image: Twitter/Aston Martin Racing)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Feb 17, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

When the engine regulations change in 2026, Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green says the team is looking into the possibility of building its own Formula 1 power unit. The current 1.6-litre V6 engines will be retained in F1’s engine regulations for 2026, but the MGU-H component will be removed. As it looks to act new manufacturers like Porsche and Volkswagen, sustainability remains at the forefront of the sport’s thinking. With Honda exiting the sport at the end of last year, Red Bull has formed Red Bull Powertrains to handle its own power unit supply.

Green admitted that the team is interested in producing its own power units in the future, speaking after the launch of Aston Martin’s 2022 F1 challenger. “I think going forward with our ambitions, we’re definitely investigating our power unit supply in the long-term,” Green said.

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“2026 is mooted as a new power unit regulation and I think, as a team, we’d love to be involved. We have Aramco now involved as a sponsor and I think conversations going forward in the next few years. We’ll see. For sure we’ll be looking at it in great detail and understanding whether they’ll be a benefit to it in that direction,” he added.

Whitmarsh ‘here to make Aston Martin winners’

Martin Whitmarsh, the chief executive of the Aston Martin F1 team, says his main goal in his current position is to turn the team into a Formula 1 race and title winner. Whitmarsh’s previous experience in the sport was with the McLaren Formula One team. He was with the team for 24 years, winning a total of 10 driver and championships. He was also in charge of the team when they won their most recent world championship in 2008. And it’s something he wants to do again with his new Aston Martin team.

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There has also been some debate about what his role entails. He won’t be the team’s principal; that honour will go to Mike Krack, who was recently hired. Krack was previously BMW’s motorsport director and worked in Formula One when the German company owned the Sauber team. Krack worked with Sebastian Vettel, who is currently with Aston Martin, during his time in the sport. Whitmarsh’s role, however, is broader, and it entails overseeing the massive changes that are taking place at the team formerly known as Force India and later Racing Point.