FIA makes huge shift by deciding to reduce F1 cars weight by 2026, invites tenders for lightweight Halo devices

FIA has released the tender for becoming a Halo device supplier. These devices will be used by teams during 2026-2030 to reduce the weight and improve the aerodynamics of the F1 cars.

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The FIA is looking to make a significant change in its policies to reduce the weight of F1 cars by 2026. Along with various regulation changes FIA is also keen to make a shift in this area to make cars more lightweight.

To do this FIA has released the tender for becoming a Halo device supplier. These devices will be used by teams during 2026-2030 to reduce the weight and improve the aerodynamics of the F1 cars. In the upcoming 2026 season, one can expect major technical alterations in engine and chassis regulations, highlighted by a significant transition to active aerodynamics.

Notably, the updated halo is to be made of titanium alloy and must weigh over 6kg. It should come with a target reduction of up to 1kg from the current 8kg design. The chosen supplier's halo must pass three static tests and enduring forces of up to 125 kilonewtons, similar to the current standard. 

How Halo has been a game changer?

Despite initial debate over its introduction in 2018, the halo has proven its worth in driver safety. IT has played notable roles in incidents like Charles Leclerc's close call at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and Romain Grosjean's survival in the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix crash.

Meanwhile, Formula 1's next-generation cars will also feature a lighter wheelbase, dropping below the current 3600mm mark. Additionally, they will have a narrower width, trimming down by 10cm. Despite opposition from Pirelli, the series will stick with 18-inch wheels, foregoing a return to 16-inch wheels as part of its significant overhaul.

Despite all these ongoing behind-the-scenes works, F1 teams are currently preparing for the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Imola circuit. Defending champion Max Verstappen and Miami winner Lando Norris are the top two contenders to win the race. On the other hand, Ferrari is also coming into the scene with as many as eight updates in their car to put up a challenge.  

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