Official. Audi to enter F-1 from 2026

Today it was officially confirmed that Audi will enter Formula 1 from 2026. as an engine manufacturer.

This decision was expected after the approval of a new power plant regulation that will come into force in the future.

in 2026 powerplants will retain the current V6 internal combustion engine architecture, but will have higher electrical output and use 100 percent sustainable fuel. These are a few of the factors that Audi says were most important for it to join.

Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group, also added that it supports F-1’s plans to become more sustainable and economical.

“I am delighted to welcome Audi, a cult car brand, pioneer and technology innovator, to Formula 1,” said F-1 boss Stefano Domenicali, who has been at the helm since 2014. worked for Volkswagen.

“This is an important moment for our sport, underscoring our tremendous strength as a global platform that continues to grow.” It is also a great recognition that our transition to hybrids powered by sustainable fuels in 2026. is the future solution for the automotive sector. We’re all looking forward to having Audi on the grid and hearing more from them about their plans soon.”

At a press conference attended by Audi AG Chairman Markus Duesmann, Board Member for Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann, S Domenicali and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Audi announced its participation from 2026 onwards.

The manufacturer said that by the end of this year, it will announce the decision with which team will participate in the championship from 2026.

Audi Sport’s plant in Neuburg will build the engine and it will be the first time in more than a decade that an F1 engine has been built in Germany.

“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” said Duesmann.

Formula 1 is both the global stage for our brand and a highly sophisticated development laboratory. The combination of high capacity and competition always drives innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules in place, now is a good time for us to get involved in this process. After all, both Formula 1 and Audi are pursuing clear sustainability goals.”

“Given the great technological leaps that the series is making in terms of sustainability in 2026, we can talk about a new Formula 1.” F-1 is transforming and Audi wants to actively support this journey. The close connection between our F-1 project and Audi AG’s technical development department will allow synergies to be achieved.”

Audi says its Neuburg base already has test rigs for testing F-1 engines, as well as electric motors and batteries. They are currently working to have staff, buildings and technical infrastructure ready by the end of the year. They will then have three years to perfect the powerplant before competing in F-1.

Adam Baker, who has held several senior positions in motorsport manufacturer and team companies, as well as three years at the FIA, will lead the F-1 project as CEO.

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