The four rings from Ingolstadt have confirmed their entry into Formula 1 for the 2026 season. Following the approval of the 2026 Power Unit regulations, Audi has announced during a press conference at Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps that they will be joining F1 as an engine supplier. Due to the short lead time, Audi will focus on being an engine supplier only and is yet to settle on a chassis partner.
The new rules focusing on sustainability and cost efficiency are important factors for Audi getting involved in the sport. The hybrid power unit will be developed at the Audi Sport facility in Neuburg an der Donau. Adam Baker will lead the project as CEO of the Formula 1 division.
“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “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.”
From 2026, the electric power output for the power units, consisting of an electric motor, battery, control electronics, and a combustion engine, will increase sharply compared to today’s Formula 1 drive systems. The electric motor will then be nearly as powerful as the combustion engine, which has an output of about 400 kW (544 hp). The highly efficient 1.6-liter turbo engines run on advanced sustainable fuel – also a prerequisite for Audi’s entry into the series.