It has been the stuff of rumors for years however Audi on Friday lastly confirmed its intention to compete within the Components 1 World Championship ranging from 2026.
Audi will not go it alone however will accomplice with an present group whose identification can be revealed later this 12 months however is anticipated to be Sauber, which at present competes in F1 as Alfa Romeo.
Audi will provide the facility unit, improvement of which can be dealt with at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Overseeing the event can be Adam Baker, who has served as an FIA security director lately and beforehand labored with Cosworth when it produced F1 energy items, in addition to with Sauber when it competed in F1 with BMW.
Baker will report back to Rolf Michl, Audi Sport’s present chief working officer of racing. Michl will take over the lead position at Audi Sport from present chief Julius Seebach on Sept. 1.
Audi’s entry in F1, along with a possible entry by fellow Volkswagen Group model Porsche, hinged on new energy unit guidelines scheduled to be launched in 2026 adopting a deal with sustainability and price effectivity. These guidelines have been finalized earlier in August and can see F1 transfer to 100% sustainable gasoline.
Crucially for each automakers’ electrical future, the brand new energy unit guidelines name for a rise in electrical energy to 469 hp from the present 160 hp of at the moment’s hybrid energy unit. The brand new energy unit will even use a turbo 1.6-liter V-6 in hybrid configuration, the identical internal-combustion engine format used at the moment, however whereas peak output of the system will match the 1,000-plus-hp of at the moment, total gasoline utilization throughout a race ought to drop from about 220 lb to 154 lb.
Porsche is but to announce its F1 plans however the automaker is rumored to be planning a partnership with Purple Bull Racing because the group’s energy unit provider. The rumors additionally level to Porsche shopping for a 50% stake within the main group.
Audi additionally confirmed on Friday it’s discontinuing its earlier plan to return to top-level endurance racing in 2023 with an LMDh race automotive, with the intention to focus its sources on the F1 effort.
Whereas Audi hasn’t competed in F1 earlier than, it does have a historical past of grand prix racing, having dominated on racetracks along with Mercedes-Benz throughout the Thirties, when it was nonetheless the Auto Union. Porsche does have a historical past in F1, having competed as a constructor within the Nineteen Fifties and ‘60s after which briefly as an influence unit provider within the Eighties and early ‘90s.