German manufacturer Audi will participate in the Formula 1 World Championship as a power unit supplier from the 2026 season .
This comes after the release of new powertrain arrangements earlier this month, specifically designed to make it possible and attractive for newcomers to participate in the sport at a competitive level. The 2026 power units will retain the existing V6 internal combustion engine architecture but will feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels .
Audi, part of Volkswagen, added that it supports F1’s plans to be more sustainable and cost-effective, with a 2023 cost cap for power unit manufacturers and F1’s zero carbon target by 2030.
Audi in F1 with the 2026 Season
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali , who has worked for Volkswagen for a while since 2014, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator. This is an important moment for our sport. This highlights the tremendous strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow.”
Audi also said that by the end of this year they will announce a decision on which team they will work with in 2026 . Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg will be where the power unit was developed, marking the first time in more than a decade that F1 powertrains will be manufactured in Germany.
Audi says it already has test units at its Neuburg base for F1 engine testing, as well as electric motor and battery testing. They are currently working to fulfill the staff, building and technical infrastructure by the end of the year. They will then have three years to fine-tune and test before they enter F1 .