Ford and Red Bull have announced a multi-year deal to become power unit suppliers from the 2026 F1 season.
Following the earlier news that Ford will enter Formula 1 from 2026, a technical partnership with Red Bull Powertrains has now been confirmed.
The partnership, called Red Bull Ford Powertrains, will focus on the development of the next-gen hybrid power unit, which will supply engines to both Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri from 2026 until at least 2030.
Ford will provide expertise in areas including the battery cell and electric motor technology, along with power unit control software and analytics.
Bill Ford, executive chair, said: “This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great- grandfather won a race that helped launch our company.
“Ford, alongside world champions, Oracle Red Bull Racing, is returning to the pinnacle of the sport, bringing Ford’s long tradition of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of the world’s most visible stages.”
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Ford will be investing $50 billion to lead the Electric Vehicle revolution around the world, with it being the second biggest EV company after the success of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E.
This is why the company is focusing on the battery technology in the 2026 engines, providing its technical expertise in co-operation with RBPT.
Ford will be part of the development of the 350kW electric motor and will help produce a new combustion engine with RBPT, which is capable of running on sustainable fuels from the 2026 season onwards.
Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, believes F1 will be the perfect platform to showcase these technologies, as the car-maker looks to deliver an annual rate of 600,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2023 and two million by the end of 2026.
"Ford’s return to Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing is all about where we are going as a company– increasingly electric, software-defined, modern vehicles and experiences," said Farley.
“F1 will be an incredibly cost-effective platform to innovate, share ideas and technologies, and engage with tens of millions of new customers."