In the present day, Ford and Crimson Bull introduced a brand new partnership, permitting the American automaker to return to Components 1 in 2026. However the Crimson Bull Ford Powertrains brand that appeared throughout the announcement might need brought on some confusion amidst the joy. Crimson Bull Racing fashioned an unbiased firm in 2021, referred to as Crimson Bull Powertrains, geared toward growing an in-house energy unit to debut for the 2026 season. The engine growth arm already examined what’s now the Crimson Bull Ford energy unit for the first time late last year. In different phrases, regardless of the Ford title, it’s not precisely a Ford engine in F1.
Talking with media on the launch, Crimson Bull workforce principal Christian Horner clarified the brand new partnership between Crimson Bull Powertrains and Ford. “There’s no change in shareholding or formation of the corporate,” Horner stated. “It’s a contractual relationship with Ford. It’s a multi-year settlement masking the following part of the engine laws. The roles are clearly outlined, which each companions are going to do.”
Ford’s monetary assist and technical experience will undoubtedly be of nice use to Crimson Bull Powertrains. Horner additionally famous that Ford is on the forefront of electrical automobile growth. When it comes to data, the American automaker will contribute to growth of the 2026 automobile’s battery and hybrid system. Electrical energy will play a extra vital position in Components 1 in 2026. 2026’s 1.6-liter V6 engines will likely be fitted with a 469-hp electrical motor, a 309-horsepower improve over the present technology. The whole energy unit will produce over 1,000 horsepower.
This kind of technical relationship isn’t new for Ford in Components 1. The legendary DFV F1 engine that raced sporting Ford badges on its valve covers was primarily developed by British engineering agency Cosworth, funded by the Ford Motor Firm. Lotus was initially given unique rights to compete with the V8 motor within the late Sixties, however Ford renegotiated and received use of the engine. In 2026, Crimson Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri will use the facility items developed by Crimson Bull Powertrains and Ford.