Audi enters the premier class ofmotorsport. From 2026, the premium brand will compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with a specially developed power unit, taking place in four of the main races across the Middle East and beyond. The project will be based at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg near Ingolstadt. This is the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 power train will be built in Germany.
Audi announced its entry at a press conference at the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. At the event, Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board of Management for TechnicalDevelopment, answered questions in the company of Formula 1 President and CEO StefanoDomenicali and Mohammed ben Sulayem, President of the International Automobile Federation(FIA).
“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” says Markus Duesmann. “Formula 1 is both aglobal stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory. The combination ofhigh performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in ourindustry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals.”