After more than two decades, Ford returns to Formula 1. The iconic North American automaker and Red Bull Powertrains begin a long-term technical and strategic partnership for the development of the next generation hybrid powertrains used in Formula 1, a. 2026 time and beyond.
Red Bull Ford Powertrains will supply power units for Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri Team from 2026 and at least until 2030.
“This is the start of an exciting new chapter in Ford’s sports history, which began when my great-grandfather won the race that helped launch our company,” said Bill Ford, CEO.
The Executive Chairman stated: “Ford, together with world champions Oracle Red Bull Racing, returns to the pinnacle of motorsport, bringing Ford’s long tradition of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of the world’s most visible levels.” .
Starting in 2023, Ford and Red Bull Powertrains will work on the development of a power unit that will be part of a new technical standard, including a 350kW electric motor and a new internal combustion engine that runs on fully sustainable fuels, and which will be ready for the 2016 season.
“Ford’s return to Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing is a clear sign of where we are heading as a company: more electric, software-defined and modern vehicles and experiences,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor President and CEO. The company, which confirmed that F1 will be an incredibly effective platform to innovate, innovate, share, technology, technology with ten million new customers.
Ford will provide its experience and technical knowledge in all areas where it can add major value to the team in the World Championship.
Areas to be researched at the same time focus on the combustion engine and on key developments such as engine technology and electric motors, as well as power analysis unit and control software.
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Checo Perez, pilot.
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“It is great to welcome Ford back to Formula 1 through this partnership,” said Christian Horner, Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Director and CEO.
Horner is promoted as an independent engine manufacturer, providing the ability to benefit from the experience of an automaker like Ford, putting Ford in a good position against the competition, as they are a manufacturer with a great automotive heritage that spans generations. “From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the lineage speaks for itself. For us as Red Bull Powertrains, opening the next chapter of that dynasty, as Red Bull Ford, is very exciting. 2026 is still a little bit away, but for us the work begins now as we start a new future and We look forward to the continued development of Oracle Red Bull Racing.”
Ford is investing $50 billion to lead the electric revolution around the world. The second leading electric vehicle company in the US, fueled by the success of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E, as well as a leader in many markets around the world with the E-Transit.
As part of its Ford+ strategy, the brand is working to meet the growth of consumer demand and achieve an annual rate of 600,000 electric vehicles worldwide starting this year and 2 million a year by the end of 2026.
Until now, from 2026, Ford will be the only manufacturer to compete in racing disciplines from basic motors to Formula 1, which includes WC and IMSA, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Mustang GT3, the WRC with the M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, the Baja 1000 with the Ranger Raptor and Bronco, and NASCAR, NHRA and Supercars with the Mustang.
Ford said that it continues to increase its efforts in the race to accelerate the delivery of innovations, the latest technologies and software to customers, and will continue through this new partnership to the vanguard motors, for future electric vehicles.