Red Bull set to announce Ford engine partnership deal with US car giant – BBC
Honda-powered Red Bull won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2022
Red Bull are poised to announce an engine partnership deal with US car giant Ford.
Ford will join forces with the team from 2026, part-funding the engine Red Bull are designing for the new regulations to be introduced that year.
The agreement is expected to be officially unveiled at Red Bull’s 2023 season launch in New York on Friday.
Red Bull, who will continue to use Honda engines in Formula 1 until 2025, declined to comment on the deal.
Negotiations between world champions Red Bull and Ford were reported by BBC Sport last month and the agreement leaked via the Italian media on Thursday.
Ford sent the information to news agency Ansa. It was published in error before being withdrawn shortly afterwards.
It will be Ford’s first factory involvement in F1 since 2004, after which they pulled out following the sale of their Jaguar team to Red Bull.
The multiple world champions are still based at the same UK site in Milton Keynes as were Jaguar and their forerunner, the Ford-backed Stewart team.
Ford will join forces with Red Bull Powertrains, which has been set up afresh for the 2026 regulations, in which F1 will continue with turbo hybrid engines but with increased hybrid performance and the use of sustainable synthetic fuels.
Red Bull Powertrains already employs around 500 people and team principal Christian Horner says they are well advanced with their plans for 2026.
Ford has a rich heritage in F1 – the Cosworth DFV V8 engine it funded dominated the sport from 1967 until the advent of the turbo era in the early 1980s.
The DFV is the most successful engine in F1 history, winning 155 races until its final victory by Michele Alboreto’s Tyrrell in the 1983 US Grand Prix East in Detroit.