Porsche's chief of motorsport division Fritz Enzinger reveals that the German manufacturer has almost committed itself to racing in Formula 1 as a supplier of engines, as the German manufacturer has already developed a 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain suitable for the F1 racing.
During the negotiation of the new Formula One rules, Porsche participated in meetings between F1 teams and engine manufacturers, Formula 1 and the FIA.
Early discussions for the year 2021 envisioned an engine regulation that would exclude the MGU-H hybrid component, which Porsche was also interested in, and then Scheme 1 on finally decided to maintain the presence of a complex element even in the new era of fastest sport.
But over time, Porsche – or rather the VW group – decided not to enter Formula 1 and prefer Formula E.
“It was really close,” Enzinger recalled in an interview with Speedweek.
“Since the Executive Board of the Group has 2017 commissioned a highly efficient hybrid engine during the year, Porsche has not only planned it, it has already been designed.
“We have been involved in regulatory discussions between the FIA and the F1 Liberty Media promoter.
“Nevertheless, in the development phase, the group has been committed to e-mobility policy in motorsport. But the 1.6-liter V6 engine was already on the test bench. “