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Ford to enter Method One in 2026 with Pink Bull Racing

As anticipated, Ford will return to Method 1 for the 2026 season after a 22-year break, pairing with Pink Bull Powertrains to work on the next-generation hybrid energy unit.

The newly introduced deal will create an entity referred to as Pink Bull Ford, which can provide powertrains to the Pink Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri groups till not less than 2030.

This provides the reigning Constructors’ Champion a brand new companion past Honda, which is regularly exiting the game.

The Pink Bull-Ford alliance will this 12 months begin creating an influence unit to fulfill the brand new technical rules – together with a 350kW electrical motor, battery cell, management software program and analytics, and a brand new combustion engine in a position to run on extra sustainable fuels.

“That is the beginning of an exhilarating new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that started when my nice grandfather gained a race that helped launch our firm,” stated Invoice Ford.

The FIA and F1 are deepening their concentrate on making the game greener, which is attracting large carmakers who need to develop their hybrid credentials.

“Ford’s return to Method 1 with Pink Bull Racing is all about the place we’re going as an organization,” stated president and CEO Jim Farley (a well known automotive nut).

“More and more electrical, software-defined, fashionable autos and experiences. F1 can be an extremely cost-effective platform to innovate, share concepts and applied sciences, and have interaction with tens of hundreds of thousands of latest prospects.”

F1 can also be rising in reputation within the US, thanks partially to the Netflix sequence Drive to Survive.

Pink Bull Racing Crew Principal and CEO Christian Horner stated the deal was “tremendously thrilling”.

“As an unbiased engine producer to have the power to learn from an OEM’s expertise like Ford places us in good stead towards the competitors,” he stated.

“They’re a producer wealthy in motoring historical past that spans generations. From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the lineage speaks for itself.

“For us as Pink Bull Powertrains to open the following chapter of that dynasty, as Pink Bull Ford, is tremendously thrilling. 2026 continues to be some time a method however for us the work already begins as we glance to a brand new future and a continued evolution of Oracle Pink Bull Racing.”

Ford final competed in F1 in 2004, and has powered 10 Constructors’ Championships and 13 Drivers’ Championships. It claims to be the third most profitable engine producer within the sport.

The corporate isn’t the one OEM eager to get into F1 within the again half of this decade.

Audi introduced its plan final August, saying a significant component in its choice to enter F1 from 2026 was the sequence’ rising concentrate on electrification and sustainable fuels. It’s paired up with Sauber.

In the meantime Ford’s nice rival, Common Motors, stated in January this 12 months it was eager to enter the brand new Andretti Cadillac F1 staff, primarily based within the US, “to construct on earlier racing accomplishments whereas increasing worldwide attain for each manufacturers”.

F1’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds final 12 months mentioned the sustainable fuels push, which started in 2022 with the addition of 10 per cent inexperienced ethanol to the operating combine.

Former F1 managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn added: “We’re engaged on an E gasoline the place the carbon circle is totally impartial so the carbon utilised to supply that gasoline is an identical quantity because the carbon emitted from the interior combustion engine.”

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