Aston Martin In Great Shape To Build Its Own F1 Engines

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No more relying on Mercedes power units.

The Aston Martin F1 car currently uses a Mercedes-Benz engine, mimicking the road cars. Aston's Vantage, DB11, and DBX all use a version of Mercedes-AMG's famous 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. In the all-new DBX 707, it produces 697 horses.

While the road car department seems happy to stick to the status quo, the F1 team has hinted that it might bring its powertrain design in-house from 2026.

If you haven't heard, Formula One will introduce new engine regulations in 2026, making it more affordable for other teams to join the sport. Audi has expressed a renewed interest in the sport thanks to these rule changes, and Porsche is rumored to be on the verge of signing a contract to supply Red Bull with engines from 2026.

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Motorsport spoke to Aston Martin F1's team principal recently, and he hinted at possibly ditching Mercedes and running an Aston-built engine.

"First of all I have to say we are happy with the engine partner that we're having," said Krack. "But we have a new set of regulations coming for 2026. With more emphasis, obviously, on electric power than today.

In 2026, Formula One will be ditching one of the two battery charging systems used in the current powertrains. It will retain the regenerative brake system, which is cheaper to develop and relevant to road cars.

"I think it's normal for brands like Aston Martin that if there are new power unit regulations that you have a look into them, that you carefully investigate if this is strategically the right thing," said Krack.

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According to Krack, Aston Martin will have to start from scratch to design an all-new F1 powertrain, but we wonder whether that's true.

The British brand already promises F1-like performance from its Valkyrie hypercar, but another faster car is coming.

The Valhalla, which has the most perfect supercar name ever, will use a hybrid powertrain based around a V8 engine. We also know that Aston was working on a hybrid V6 but that it was cut due to funding. Perhaps that V6 can make a return, now that Aston has that sweet DBX SUV money rolling in?

And in case you were wondering, the new engine regulations call for a hybrid V6 engine with a 150-kW motor and a battery charged by regenerative braking.

It sounds to us like Aston Martin already has a good starting point…

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