It’s been the stuff of rumors for years, however Audi on Friday lastly confirmed its intention to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship ranging from 2026.
Audi will not go it alone. Instead it should companion with an present workforce whose id will probably be revealed later this 12 months. It is predicted to be Sauber, which at the moment competes in F1 as Alfa Romeo.
Audi will provide the ability unit, growth of which will probably be dealt with at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Overseeing the event will probably be Adam Baker, who has served as an FIA security director in latest years and beforehand labored with Cosworth when it produced F1 energy items, in addition to with Sauber when it competed in F1 with BMW.
Baker will report to Rolf Michl, Audi Sport’s present chief working officer of racing. Michl will take over the lead position at Audi Sport from present chief Julius Seebach on Sept. 1.
Audi’s entry in F1, along with a possible entry by fellow Volkswagen Group brand Porsche, hinged on new energy unit guidelines scheduled to be introduced in 2026 adopting a give attention to sustainability and price effectivity. Those guidelines have been finalized earlier in August and can see F1 transfer to 100% sustainable gas.
Crucially for each automakers’ electrical future, the brand new energy unit guidelines name for a rise in electrical energy to 469 hp from the 160 hp of immediately’s hybrid energy unit. The new energy unit can even use a turbo 1.6-liter V-6 in a hybrid configuration, the identical internal-combustion engine format used immediately, however whereas peak output of the system will match the 1,000-plus-hp of immediately, total gas utilization throughout a race ought to drop from about 220 lb to 154 lb.
Porsche is but to announce its F1 plans, however the automaker is rumored to be planning a partnership with Red Bull Racing because the workforce’s energy unit provider. The rumors additionally level to Porsche buying a 50% stake in the main workforce.
Audi additionally confirmed on Friday it’s discontinuing its earlier plan to return to top-level endurance racing in 2023 with an LMDh race automobile, in order to focus its assets on the F1 effort.
While Audi hasn’t competed in F1 earlier than, it does have a historical past of Grand Prix racing, having dominated on racetracks along with Mercedes-Benz in the course of the Thirties, when it was often known as Auto Union. Porsche does have a historical past in F1, having competed as a constructor in the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s after which briefly as an influence unit provider in the Eighties and early ’90s.