It’s official: Audi enters F1

photo: Audi Sport

Audi has officially announced that it will enter Formula 1 from 2026 as a powertrain supplier. After years of speculation and involvement in the creation of the new Grand Prix engine rules, the company will finally join motorsport’s most high-tech category.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Audi to Formula 1 – an automotive brand icon, pioneer and technological innovator. This is a very important moment for our sport, demonstrating its strength as a global platform that continues to grow. It is also a great recognition that our decision to move towards hybrid engines for 2026 is a future decision for the automotive sector as a whole. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid,” said F1 President Stefano Domenicali.

Audi’s Formula 1 project will be based at the Neuburg plant near Ingolstadt. The company specifically noted that for the first time in more than a decade, a drive system for Formula 1 will be made in Germany

“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” said the brand’s CEO Markus Dusmave. “Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and an incredible development laboratory. The combination of the pursuit of maximum performance in competition has always been a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. Now with the new rules is the right time for us to join F1. At the end of the day, both Audi and Formula 1 have the same goals in terms of sustainable business.”

“Globally recognizable, highly emotional and extremely high-tech are the characteristics of Formula 1, which exactly meet Audi’s requirements,” the official statement added. “The championship has races in all important markets for the brand. As a prominent platform for the world’s most sophisticated electrified racing cars, it is of particular interest to automakers. Audi takes on the challenge of proving its belief in “Vorsprung durch Technik” in this competitive environment.”

In Neuburg, there are already test benches for the drive systems for Formula 1, as well as for the electrical systems and batteries

Finishing work is currently being done on the preparation of staff, buildings and technical infrastructure with the aim of having everything ready by the end of the year. A separate company has recently been created for the project, which will be a subsidiary of Audi Sport. It will be led by Adam Baker, who has been the FIA’s safety director for the past three years and has also worked at Cosworth and BMW during his career. Audi noted that they will announce which team they will work with by the end of the year.

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