Mansell89 wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:12 pm
Has there been any further confirmation on the 2022 PU?
Last I read in around March was a possible split turbo concept ready for next year and that they had focussed more on next year performance wise after the Covid delay of regs?
Do we think they’ll reach parity with Honda and Merc ready for the freeze?
Any solid info anywhere?
Budkowski mentions it here and confirms some informations (like the fact the 2021 PU and A521 chassis are virtually three seasons old, as I told you many times : P)
https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arti ... n-as-proof
“We all have our competitive analysis,” Budkowski noted. “And we have a fairly good idea of where we stack in terms of both power, but also in terms of energy management, and weight and packaging and things like this.
“It’s the same engine we’re using for the third consecutive year, with very, very small changes in 2020 and 2021. It’s a ’19 engine we’re using. And some of our competitors made gains that we haven’t. And to be honest, it’s also the same chassis and the same gearbox as well. So the mechanical base of the car is the same for three years now.
“The choice was driven by the fact that we were planning to introduce all new engine in 2021, together with the new chassis regulations. Chassis regulations have been delayed, we have also delayed the introduction of that new engine to 2022. Because unfortunately, with the factory closures and the working from home requirements we had last year, we were just unable to deliver it for 2021.
“So we’re in a slightly not ideal situation where we had to delay our new power unit, which beyond improvements to propulsive power and energy management, the kind of usual things that make you go quicker on a straight line, has also a new architecture and changes that are designed to address some of our weaknesses compared to our competitors.
“But we didn’t have the resources to re-launch a development programme on this year’s engine, and continue to work on the 2022. So we’ve decided to put all our efforts on ’22. So it’s a strategic decision. I believe it’s the right one. But it’s painful, because as a result this year we lost ground compared to our competitors.
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