Toto Wolff sure: Hybrid is the future


( – For Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff, hybrid engines are the future in road traffic – and in Formula 1. Currently there are discussions in the premier class about what should follow as soon as the current V6 hybrid engines. There is no answer to that.

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Politicians and automakers are increasingly promoting purely electric cars, but this niche is occupied by Formula E. And Wolff doesn't believe that electric cars are the future anyway. He believes a prediction by the Daimler Group, according to which 2030 numerous hybrid vehicles will still be on the road.

In any case, the Austrian thinks these motors are kindly: “From my personal perspective, hybrid is a good solution. In urban areas you can drive electrically, and when you drive to the airport, you avoid that one of the Running out of juice because you have a normal engine, “he says. “This is the future for me.”

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He also sees no reason to look at to doubt the current Formula 1 engines, which, he says, are “the most efficient engines in the world”. “The thermal efficiency is more than 50 percent – there is no such motor again.”

But that's not all: Formula 1 wants to gradually increase the biocomponents and should rely on e-fuels in the future. The groups help with research and thus also help the street car industry. “And we want to help make the engines even more efficient,” said Wolff.

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