Formula 1 has announced that from the 2026 season, the German manufacturer Audi will participate as a manufacturer of drive units in the Formula 1 World Championship Belgian Grand Prix 2022.
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According to the announcement on the official Formula 1 website, the 2026 engines will retain the current architecture of the V6 combustion engine with increased electrical power.
Audi’s decision to join the F1 network as an electricity producer appears to be motivated by the facts above, coupled with F1’s commitment to using 100% sustainable fuels from the 2026 season.
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Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, added that it also supports F1’s plans to become more sustainable and profitable, with a cost cap for power unit manufacturers to be introduced in 2023 and F1 setting the target to be net-zero carbon by 2030, F1 said in the statement.
‘Major moment for our sport’: Formula 1 President and CEO on Audi’s entry
Formula 1 Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali welcomed Audi to the prestigious sport, calling the German manufacturer “an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technology innovator”.
“This is an important moment for our sport that underscores the tremendous strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow.”
” It is also a great confirmation that our shift to sustainable fuel hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector.” We are all looking forward to the “We see the Audi logo on the grille and we will hear more details about their plans in due course,” added Domenicali.
Audi’s entry into F1 was announced ahead of the Formula 1 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG; Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Technical Development Board; Domenicali; and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem announced Audi’s arrival in F1 during a press conference in Spa ahead of the Belgian GP. It’s worth noting that Audi revealed that they haven’t yet announced the decision on which team they will join.
At the press conference, Duesmann said: “Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and an extremely challenging development laboratory.
” The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver for innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the perfect time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi are pursuing clear sustainability goals.