F1 will be enriched by a big name in 2026: Audi formalizes its arrival! The ring builder will develop its own engine and partner with an existing team.
Years that the rumor surfaced regularly. With each change in technical regulations, this time it was certain: Audi and/or Porsche were going to join F1. But this time it’s the right one: Audi has just confirm his arrival in Formula 1.
Obviously, an entry into the queen discipline of motorsport cannot be prepared in a few months. Audi will therefore not be in F1 next year, or even the one after that. The German manufacturer will wait for the next big technical change: the new engines planned for 2026.
The new engines, the main vehicle for the arrival of Audi
And it is indeed on the engines that Audi intends to concentrate. The manufacturer is not going to design a single-seater as a whole. Following the same model as Alfa Romeo with Sauber, Audi should become the title sponsor of a private stable, which will then take the name of the brand with the rings, while managing on-track operations. On the other hand, unlike Alfa Romeo, Audi will produce its own engine.
This is also the announcement, made a few weeks ago, that F1 was going to increase the share of hybrid of its engines while reducing costs that decided Audi to join the sport. A new regulation probably designed with the collaboration of the manufacturer, but also with Porsche, which should also join F1 in the coming years. These engines should operate with approximately 50% electricity and 50% heat engine, powered by synthetic bio-fuels.
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A future collaboration with Sauber?
It remains to be seen with which Audi team will be associated. Candidates abound. Sauber, currently linked to Alfa Romeo, is the favorite to go under the German flag. But other stables like Williams or Haas could also be on the shortlist. Answer by the end of the season.
A new page in the history of Audi competition involvement. The Ingolstadt manufacturer is so far best known for its domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 2000s, but also for its long history in rallying, and, more recently, for its participation in the Dakar with an innovative buggy. But Audi has never raced in Formula 1 until now, even though Auto Union, the brand’s predecessor, often played for victory in Grand Prix before the Second World War.
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