After a 22-year hiatus, the Blue Oval is back in the fast lane of Formula 1! Ford is joining forces with Red Bull Powertrains to develop the next-gen hybrid power unit that will supply engines to the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026 and beyond. This partnership will bring Ford’s innovation, sustainability and electrification to the pinnacle of motorsports.
Starting from 2023, Ford and Red Bull Powertrains will work together on the development of a new power unit that will feature a 350kW electric motor and a combustion engine capable of using fully sustainable fuels. Ford’s expertise in battery cell and electric motor technology, power unit control software and analytics will add value to the championship-winning Red Bull Racing team.
The return of Ford to Formula 1 is in line with the company’s plan to become a leader in the EV revolution, with $50 billion invested in the space. As part of the Ford+ plan, the company aims to produce 600,000 EVs annually by the end of 2023 and 2 million globally by 2026. In 2026, Ford will be the only manufacturer competing in various racing disciplines, from grassroots motorsports to Formula 1, with vehicles like the Mustang GT3, M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 and Ranger Raptor.
“We are entering an exciting new age for Ford Performance,” said Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company. “We will be competing to win in F1, the pinnacle of motorsports, with Red Bull Racing. You will see the Mustang race from the grassroots to the Supercars to Le Mans. And we’ll continue to excite the world with cool demonstrations like the Mustang Mach-E 1400.”
Ford’s return to Formula 1 is sure to rev up the engines of racing fans everywhere and bring a new level of innovation and sustainability to the sport. The Blue Oval is back and ready to take on the competition!