German auto manufacturer, Audi, announced it will be joining the Formula 1 World Championship from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier.
Audi announced its entry on Friday, August 26, at a press conference ahead of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix.
Audi credited the clear plan to become more sustainable and cost-effective as its main reason for getting involved in the world’s most popular race series.
“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA, Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging 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, Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals,” stated Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.
This announcement comes after the publication of new power unit rules earlier this month, allowing newcomers to join the sport at a competitive level.
The 2026 power units will maintain the current architecture of the V6 internal combustion engine but will have increased electrical energy and 100% sustainable fuels.
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