After over 22 years, Ford is returning to Formula 1!
The American manufacturer and Red Bull Powertrains have announced a long-term technical partnership to develop the next generation of hybrid power unit for both the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from the 2026 Formula 1 season until at least 2030.
Ford is rejoining Formula 1 as motorsport's governing body (the FIA) focusses increasingly on sustainability and advanced hybrid technologies while leaving a positive impact around the world. As part of Red Bull Ford Powertrains, the Blue Oval will provide skills, experience and knowledge in battery cells and electric motors, plus power unit control software and analytics.
Ford Motor Company and Red Bull Powertrains will start developing the power unit from 2023 so that it will be ready in time for new technical regulations that begin to be used from F1's 2026 season, including 350kW electric motors and new internal combustion engines that can run on fully sustainable fuels.
Ford uses its investment and efforts in motorsport to fast-track pioneering engineering, the latest technology and software to its customers and beyond for the future of mobility and vehicles.
Bill Ford, Executive Chair, explained: “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.”
Ford's President and CEO, Jim Farley, expanded upon this by saying: “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. F1 will be an incredibly cost-effective platform to innovate.”
“We are entering an exciting new age for Ford Performance. We will be competing to win in F1, the pinnacle for motorsport, with Red Bull Racing. You will see the world’s most popular sports coupe, the Mustang, race from the grassroots to Australian Supercars to NASCAR to Le Mans. And will build our off-road leadership in the World Rally Championship, King of Hammers and to the Baja 1000, and more. All the while, we’ll continue to excite the world with cool demonstrators like SuperVan 4 and Mustang Mach-E 1400.”
From 2026, Ford Motor Company will be the only automotive manufacturer to be competing in events from grassroots motorsports to the World Rally Championship to the World Endurance Championship to Formula 1, racing cutting-edge vehicles such as the Mustang GT3, the M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, and the Ranger Raptor and Bronco.
Christian Horner, Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership. 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 away, but for us the work already starts as we look to a new future and a continued evolution of Oracle Red Bull Racing.”