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Audi to join Formula 1 as a power unit supplier from 2026

Published on 26 August 2022 by Kees-Jan Koster

Audi will join Formula 1 from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier, according to an announcement from the German manufacturer at a press conference on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Last week the FIA announced new power unit regulations for 2026. It confirmed that the power units will maintain the current V6 internal combustion engine, but the complex MGU-H system will be removed. It will also feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels. The new regulations were key to Audi joining Formula 1 for the first time in its history.

F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator. This is a major moment for our sport that highlights the huge strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow. It is also a big recognition that our move to sustainably fuelled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid and will be hearing further details from them on their plans in due course.”

Audi say there are already test benches for F1 engine testing as well as for electric motor and battery testing in their Neuburg base. They are currently working on getting personnel, buildings and technical infrastructure in place by the end of the year. They will then have three years to finetune the PU before entering F1. Before the end of the year the manufacturer will announce which Formula 1 team they will be supplying engines to. According to rumours this could be the current Alfa Romeo team. The Italian car manufacturer is currently only the title sponsor of the team, that previously was known as Sauber.

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