After a long hiatus, the American carmaker giant Ford is making a return to the highest form of motorsport. It is expected to join Red Bull Racing on the Formula 1 grid from 2026 through an engine partnership deal. This agreement is set to bring together the technical expertise and resources of two of the biggest names in the automotive industry.

Ford’s Return to the Racing World

The car-making giant will provide financial and technical support in exchange for the engines used by Red Bull Racing to be badged as Ford products. The engines will actually be developed in-house by Red Bull Powertrains, which will prepare the engines for the new regulations scheduled to start in 2026.

Red Bull and Ford Join Forces in 2026 Formula 1 Season
Ford’s Return to the Fast Lane

Red Bull Racing Unveils New Partnership

News of the deal is expected to be confirmed soon, with Red Bull Racing set to unveil its livery for the 2023 F1 season. The agreement between Ford and Red Bull Racing comes after a planned tie-up between the F1 team and Porsche fell through earlier this year. In that case, Porsche planned to purchase 50% of Red Bull Racing but the deal did not materialize due to the insistence of Red Bull Racing’s management that it would only accept an engine sponsorship deal.

Ford’s Rich History in Motorsports

Ford has a long history of involvement in motorsports and has funded the Cosworth DFV V8 engine that dominated Formula 1 from 1967 to the early-1980s. The American carmaker also owned the Jaguar F1 team in the early 2000s and ultimately sold it to Red Bull after the 2004 season.

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Crosstown Rival Joins the Race

Ford could be joined on the F1 grid by its crosstown rival General Motors. Last month, GM partnered with Andretti Autosport to launch a bid to enter the F1 grid in 2026 with Cadillac-branded cars. While Andretti’s F1 outfit will have sponsorship from GM, it will likely rely on Renault engines.

The return of Ford to the Formula 1 scene is expected to bring a new level of excitement and competition to the sport. With two of the biggest names in the automotive industry joining forces, the future of motorsports is looking brighter than ever.

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