Audi Sport reveals 2026 F1 livery hybrid development

Audi Sport surprised us by revealing a single-seater concept and announcing their F1 entry with details on the hybrid powertrain. Audi will announce their F1 team by year's end.

The extensive aero resembles current single-seaters with a halo and Pirelli tires. "The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production model," so it won't be driving around.

Audi's announcement included F1-related details. Audi Sport will develop the racecar's hybrid powertrain in Neuburg a der Donau, Germany, near Ingolstadt. Ex-FIA engineer Adam Baker will head Audi's F1 project.

Oliver Hoffman, board member responsible for technical development, revealed a close link between the Formula 1 project and Audi AG's Technical Development department, enabling synergies.

The new powertrain will rely heavily on electrification and sustainable fuels to make F1 carbon-neutral by 2030. Electric motor, battery, control electronics, and 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will be included.

The combustion engine will produce 536 hp, with the electric motor "nearly as powerful." Audi Sport must comply with the 2023 power unit cost cap in addition to the F1 team cost cap. This new rule lowers R&D costs for F1 entrants.

Markus Duesmann, Chairman of Audi AG's board of management, said at the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps: "Motorsport is in Audi's DNA." Formula 1 is a global stage and a challenging development lab.

High-performance competition drives innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, we should participate. Formula 1 and Audi have sustainability goals.

Rolf Michl will replace Julius Seebach as Audi Sport CEO on September 1. Michl is promoted from COO, while Seebach moves to a "new strategic business area in Technical Development."

Audi is reportedly in talks with Sauber after the deal with McLaren fell through, and Porsche plans to buy a 50% stake in Red Bull Racing. Audi Sport will announce its new partner before the end of 2022. Audi Sport dropped Formula E and LMDh to focus on Rally Dakar and F1.