Ford is returning to Formula One after more than two decades as a partner to reigning champions Red Bull Powertrains.
The automaker will reenter F1 in 2026, when new regulations will require teams to use fully sustainable ethanol as fuel and increase electrical power by as much as 50 percent. Audi also plans to join then, and while Porsche’s talks with Red Bull recently faltered, it’s still eyeing a way into the racing series.
"This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford's motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather won a race that helped launch our company," said executive chairman Bill Ford. "Ford is returning to the pinnacle of the sport, bringing Ford's long tradition of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of the world's most visible stages," he said.
Ford sold its Jaguar branded F1 team to Red Bull in 2004 and the current champions are still based at the same factory in central England.
Ford has a rich history in F1, winning 10 Constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships during a roughly decade and a half stretch that ended in the early 1980s.
The automaker last appeared in F1 with Jordan in 2004 but the company remains the sport's third most successful engine manufacturer of all time.
Ford and Red Bull Powertrains will provide the power units for both the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026 to at least 2030.