Audi will come in Formula 1 starting from 2026: the car manufacturer itself released the official communication during the press conference organized for the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix. The debut of the brand of the Four Rings will take place with a power unit built at the Audi Motorsport Competence Center of Neuburg but we do not yet know which team will rely on the Audi engine.
Not surprisingly, Audi has decided to take part in the championship in view of the new regulations which from 2026 will make competition more sustainable also thanks to the use of sustainable fuels.
For the development and production of the F1 engine we will draw on the valuable experience of our engineers, we will continue to invest in the Competence Center and we will hire highly qualified professionals, explained Julius Seebach, CEO of Audi Sport.
According to what was released, the introduction of the new regulations from 2026 brings important news: an increase compared to the current units will concern the electric power of the power units. Specifically, the electric motor it will be almost as powerful as the thermal one, with a power of approx 544 CV. As anticipated, the Audi Motorsport Competence Center in Neuburg will be in charge of the development of the Audi power unit.
For Audi’s entry into the well-known Formula 1 championship, the words of the president and CEO of Formula 1 were not lacking, Stefano Domenicali:
I am delighted to welcome Audi, an iconic car brand, pioneer and technological innovator, to Formula 1. This is an important moment for our sport, which highlights the enormous strength we have as an ever-growing global platform. Audi’s entry is also a great recognition that our move to sustainable-fueled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector. We are all eager to see the Audi logo on the starting grid and will receive more details on their plans in due course.
Source: Tom's Hardware by www.tomshw.it.
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