Tuesday, March 21, 2023
News Ford to Return to Formula 1 Racing After Over 20 Years

Ford to Return to Formula 1 Racing After Over 20 Years

Ford will be coming back to Formula 1 racing in a partnership with Red Bull.

  • The automaker will provide hybrid powertrains for the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Alfa Tauri teams from 2026.

  • Red Bull Powertrains will also be involved in the development of both the electric motor and the gasoline engine.

  • According to Ford, it will be the only manufacturer to be involved in racing from Grassroots to Formula 1 in 2026.

Ford has just announced it will return to Formula 1 racing in 2026, after more than 20 years away from the sport.

The automaker will partner with Red Bull Powertrains to develop a next-generation hybrid powertrain that will include a 350-kW electric motor and a combustion engine that can run on sustainable fuels.

Work on this new powertrain will start this year and it will make its debut in the 2026 F1 season when it will be used by the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Alfa Tauri teams.

The automaker says returning to F1 will help it engage with millions of potential new customers around the world by displaying its new technologies in one of the highest spheres of the racing world.

Ford and Red Bull Racing | Photo: Ford

Ford will also help Red Bull Powertrains by bringing its expertise in battery and software development which it has developed over the last few years by working on electric vehicles such as the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning.

Making its name visible to Formula 1 fans could also help the company achieve its goal of selling 2 million electric vehicles globally by the end of 2026.

Bill Ford, executive chair of the company that his great-grandfather funded, pointed out that Ford has a long history with motorsports since the company was created with the proceeds of a race Henry Ford won in a car he had made himself.

In addition, Ford will be the only manufacturer to be present in all racing circles from Grassroots to Formula 1 starting in 2026.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 | Photo: Ford

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