In historical news, the German brand Audi announced that from 2026 it will enter the Formula 1with the serious intention of fighting with the big teams and with new hybrid engines that will be allowed.
In 2026, the electric power of the Formula 1 propulsion systems will be composed of an electric motor, a battery, an electronic control unit and a combustion engine.
This project will be based at the Audi Sport facility in Neuburg, near Ingolstadt, marking the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 powertrain has been built in Germany.
This information was announced at a press conference during the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. At the event, Markus Duesmann, President of AUDI AG, and Oliver Hoffmann, Director of Technical Development, gave the scope of this entry.
“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” said Markus Duesmann. “Formula 1 is a global stage for our brand and, at the same time, a very demanding development laboratory. The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, both Formula 1 and Audi pursue clear sustainability goals.”
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Oliver Hoffmann, Director of Technical Development at Audi, states: “In view of the great technological leaps towards sustainability that the competition proposes for 2026, we can speak of a transformation towards a new Formula 1. And Audi wants to actively support this journey” .