Porsche motorsport boss Fritz Enzinger has revealed that the German manufacturer built and developed a V6 engine suitable for F1 before it ultimately decided against an entry into Grand Prix racing in 2021.
Porsche took an interest in F1 ahead of its pull-out from the WEC’s LMP1 category at the end of 2017.
As Liberty Media embarked on a revamp of the Formula 1’s technical regulations with the aim of reducing costs and engine complexity from 2021, the Stuttgart firm was given a seat at meetings with the sport’s teams and manufacturers.
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“In 2017 there were signals from Formula 1 that the regulations were to be changed and that energy recovery from the exhaust gases [the MGU-H] was no longer required,” Porsche’s Enzinger told Motorsport.com.
“As of 2017, Porsche was a member of the FIA Manufacturers Commission and was involved in the discussions about the future drive strategy in Formula 1 from 2021 and represented at the meetings.
“On the one hand we took part in these working groups. On the other hand the guys developed a six-cylinder for the WEC in parallel.
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“Of course, we thought about what would have to change if the engine were to be used in Formula 1. Such things can be done in two ways.”