Ford to return to Formula One as Red Bull Racing’s engine supplier in 2026
Ford is back in Formula 1. Once the dominant engine in the series – with 155 wins and 10 constructors’ titles (and 13 drivers’ titles) thanks to a partnership with British racing engineering firm Cosworth from the mid-60s to mid-80s – the American manufacturer announced on Friday a technical partnership with Red bull racing. Ford last competed in Formula One in 2004 (when it owned Jaguar) and ended up selling the operation to Red Bull, so it’s a homecoming in many ways. Ford will bring its expertise in hybrid and battery technology to a partnership that will culminate in powertrains for Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri under new regulations for 2026.
“Today’s news that Ford is entering F1 from 2026 is very important for the sport and we are excited to see them join the great automotive partners already in F1,” said Formula One President and CEO. -1 Stefano Domenicali. formula1.com. “Ford is a global brand with an incredible heritage in racing and the automotive world and they see the tremendous value our platform represents to over half a billion fans around the world… different and we can’t wait to see the Ford logo on the iconic Formula tracks. -1 since 2026.”
As part of F1’s plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, the new 2026 powertrains will be based on the current 1.6-litre engine and run on 100 percent sustainable fuel with increased electrical output. Ford is said to be providing development assistance, including batteries, electric motors, software and analytics.
“Ford’s return to F1 with Red Bull Racing is about where we’re going as a company – ever more electric, software-defined, modern cars and experiences,” said Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Farley. formula1.com. “Formula 1 will be an incredibly cost-effective platform to innovate, exchange ideas and technology, and attract tens of millions of new customers.”
Ford’s announcement comes after General Motors Announces Cadillac Collaboration With Andretti Autosport For New F1 a team that hopes to gain approval from the series to compete in 2026.
“It is fantastic to welcome Ford back to F1 with this partnership. As an independent engine manufacturer, we can benefit from the experience of an OEM like Ford, which is a good support against the competition,” said Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner. “This is a manufacturer with a rich automotive history that spans generations. From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna to Michael Schumacher, the pedigree speaks for itself. For us at Red Bull Powertrains, discovering the next chapter of this dynasty as Red Bull Ford is extremely exciting.”