It’s time to add a new chapter to the motorsport legacy of Ford Motor Company – the American automotive giant is set to return to Formula 1 in 2026. Ford have announced that they will be entering into a “long-term strategic technical partnership” with Red Bull Powertrains to develop a next-gen power unit for the F1’s future engine regulations.
The new engine regulations, set to come into play in 2023, will feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels, while also improving safety and lowering costs for manufacturers. Ford will be providing expertise in several areas of development, including battery cell and electric motor technology, power unit control software and analytics.
“This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather [Henry Ford] won a race that helped launch our company,” said Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company. Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, added that F1 will be an incredibly cost-effective platform to innovate, share ideas and technologies, and engage with tens of millions of new customers.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner also commented: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership. As an independent engine manufacturer to have the ability to benefit from an OEM’s experience like Ford puts us in good stead against the competition.”
Ford are set to compete to win in F1, with new partner Red Bull entering the 2023 campaign looking to build on claiming both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships last year. The partnership between Ford and Red Bull Powertrains is sure to be an exciting one and will provide a great platform for innovation and technology development.