Red Bull will manufacture its own power unit from the 2026 F1 season when the current F1 engine freeze ends.
With rumors of a partnership with Porsche, Red Bull Racing’s F1 team representative Christian Horner asserted that the team’s ambition to build its own F1 power unit from 2026 is very lively.
Red Bull will start manufacturing its own F1 engine and gearbox at Milton Keens from this season after agreeing to a contract to purchase Honda’s intellectual property rights after Honda decides to withdraw from F1 again. Was expected.
However, in a remarkable event, Red Bull decided to renew its partnership with Honda. Honda continues to manufacture F1 power units for both Red Bull Racing and the junior team Scuderia AlphaTauri under the Red Bull Powertrains brand.
The current idea is to be self-sufficient in 2026, and to achieve this, Red Bull has hired employees from other teams and manufacturers.
One of those teams is Mercedes, and recently Red Bull F1 motorsport adviser Helmut Marko said this was one of the reasons for the Mercedes F1 team’s struggle so far in 2022.
Christian Horner “doesn’t know” if the withdrawal was detrimental to his rivals, but confirmed that his team had a huge number of talents who had changed jobs.
“We are aiming to attract the best talent, and we have hired talent from Mercedes, all other F1 engine makers, and many non-F1 makers,” Christian Horner told Sky Sports.
“What we really focus on here is a true hub of technical excellence, both in terms of chassis and power unit, which together make such equipment useful for all. There is “
Christian Horner said the equipment at Milton Keynes’ Red Bull Powertrains wasn’t ready yet, but engineers and mechanics would move there when it finally opened.
“Currently, more than 200 people are hired in the project, and they’re scattered around the Red Bull site, but they’re about to move to a new home,” added Christian Horner.
“This was a big challenge. I have to say that all the contractors and suppliers did a great job because it’s not just the building, it’s inside the building.”
“We have all the equipment, including dynomos, machines, measurement tools, state-of-the-art power unit equipment, and we’re about to go online.”
Red Bull has been the subject of rumors with Porsche that has announced plans to enter as an F1 engine supplier from the 2026 season, but at least for now, it plans to build its own F1 engine within four years.
“We have achieved incredible results in a short period of time, but all have achieved our goals,” explained Christian Horner.
Red Bull is third in the Constructors’ ranking, the team suffered a double retirement due to reliability in the opening round in Bahrain, and Max Verstappen suffered a similar DNF in the third round of the Australian Grand Prix.
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