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Horner: Ford puts Red Bull in 'good stead' against competition

The Red Bull Team Principal has talked up the collaboration with Ford in Formula 1 from 2026.

Christian Horner believes the link up between Ford and Red Bull will put the team in 'good stead' against the competition. Red Bull Powertrains and Ford will partner on the development of the next-generation hybrid power unit set to be introduced in 2026, in a multi-year agreement for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri until at least 2030. The team will have the benefit of the OEM experience as Ford plan to work with RBPT on the development of the 350kW electric motor, and combustion engine capable of delivering sustainable fuels. “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership," said Horner. "As an independent engine manufacturer to have the ability to benefit from an OEM’s experience like Ford puts us in good stead against the competition. "They are a manufacturer rich in motoring history that spans generations. From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the lineage speaks for itself. "For us as Red Bull Powertrains to open the next chapter of that dynasty, as Red Bull Ford, is tremendously exciting. 2026 is still a while a way but for us the work already starts as we look to a new future and a continued evolution of Oracle Red Bull Racing.”

Ford going into "exciting new age" with F1 entry

Ford will be the only car manufacturer competing in racing disciplines from grassroots motorsport through to F1, with its entries in WEC, IMSA, WRC, Dakar, NASCAR, and Baja 1000. The company says it is leveraging its racing efforts to speed up its innovations in technologies and software for consumer road cars with Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, calling it an "exciting new age" for the US car-maker. “We are entering an exciting new age for Ford Performance,” said Farley. “We will be competing to win in F1, the pinnacle for motor sport, with Red Bull Racing. "You will see the world’s most popular sports coupe, the Mustang, race from the grass roots to Australian Super Cars to NASCAR to Le Mans. And will build our off-road leadership in the World Rally Championship, King of Hammers and to the Baha 100 and more. All the while, we’ll continue to excite the world with cool demonstrators like SuperVan 4 and Mach-E 1400.”

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