Toto Wolff Rules Out Return of Fan Favourite Element to Future Mercedes & Other F1 Engines

Published 07/06/2021, 4:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Major engine manufacturers including Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, Audi, and Porsche together discussed the new rules and regulations regarding the new engines for 2025 at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. A sustainable environment is one of the biggest issues faced by humanity at present, and keeping that in mind, it is expected that a huge chunk of new hybrid engines will feature electric components.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff revealed that F1 would not go back to loud combustion engines and thus stick with turbo hybrid power units that run on fully sustainable fuel.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

Wolff revealed at the FIA Conference in Monaco that there’s unanimity regarding the prohibition of loud combustion engines. Moreover, the Austrian also revealed that electric components will ‘massively increase’ in the new hybrid engine.

“The discussion was ‘what are we doing in the future in terms of engine’ because we want to save costs, so we don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” said the Mercedes team principal.

“But we also want to have an engine that is relevant from 2025 to 2030, and we can’t be old petrol heads with screaming engines when everybody expects us to be going electric.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021. Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“So these engines are still going to be fuelled. We are staying with the current V6 format, but the electric component is going to massively increase,” he added.

Mercedes to contribute to the world’s CO2 emissions

Toto Wolff revealed Mercedes will contribute to producing sustainable fuel in order to scale down the world’s CO2 emissions.

“Mercedes cars itself, we believe that we will have several million vehicles in the world that will still run on fuels. So what we can contribute with our innovation is to help them to develop sustainable fuels: be it biofuels or be it synthetic fuels,” said Wolff.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“Our cars will run on 100 percent sustainable fuels by 2025, and this is how we will contribute to the reduction to the world’s CO2 emissions.”

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