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Audi Dives Into New Territory With Formula 1 Announcement

There's a new engine supplier in town. Or there will be, in 2026.

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Audi on Friday announced its intention to join Formula 1 in 2026.     

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It will do so as an engine supplier, which means it will supply the power units for established teams.    

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Audi has not yet announced any partners; rumors have pointed to Sauber (currently operating as Alfa Romeo), but Audi said in its release that teammate decisions should be made by the end of the year.

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Audi will manufacture its power unit down the road from the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt, making it the first time in over 10 years that a Formula 1 powertrain will be manufactured in Germany.     

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The automaker said that it already has test benches for engines, electric motors and batteries, and it hopes to be fully stocked with personnel and additional infrastructure by year's end.     

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In order to give this program its full attention, Audi will discontinue its World Endurance Championship LMDh prototype program.

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F1's new engine regulations make it a fair bit easier to join the sport.     

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The complex heat-based recuperation system (MGU-H, for the F1 nerds out there) will be ditched in favor of a larger, more powerful regenerative braking system, which will feed energy into a battery that will power a motor nearly as powerful as the internal-combustion engine to which it's mated.     

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The gas-engine half of the powertrain will run on sustainable fuels, too.     

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Keep scrolling to check out more pictures of this lovely Audi-branded F1 car.

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