Ford CEO spotted at Red Bull Powertrains facility

Red Bull announced a deal that will bring Ford back into Formula One after more than two decades away from the sport.

Ford CEO Jim Farley has visited the new Red Bull Powertains campus in Milton Keynes ahead of the automaker’s partnership in 2026 with the reigning world champions.

Farley and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner posed for a photo in front of the renamed Red Bull Ford Powertrains facility during the visit, reflecting the close partnership the pair will have in the coming years.

Red Bull Ford, as it will be known, will provide the power units for both the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026 to at least 2030. 

“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,” Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford, said in February.

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“Ford, alongside world champions, Oracle Red Bull Racing, 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.”

The automaker has a long and storied history in Formula One, having even entered the grid as a constructor in the 2000 season under its subsidiary Jaguar.

After finishing in seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2004, the Jaguar Formula One team was purchased by Red Bull and renamed Red Bull Racing, with Ford stepping away from the sport. 

“Ford’s return to Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing is all about where we are going as a company– increasingly electric, software-defined, modern vehicles and experiences,” said Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company. 

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“F1 will be an incredibly cost-effective platform to innovate, share ideas and technologies, and engage with tens of millions of new customers.”

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“It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership,” said Christian Horner, Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO. “As an independent engine manufacturer to have the ability to benefit from an OEM’s experience like Ford puts us in good stead against the competition.”

Horner will be hoping that the deal allows Red Bull to continue maintaining its dominance in the sport when new technical regulations come into effect in 2026, introducing the next generation of Formula One power units.

The new power units will run on fully sustainable fuels, while still providing over 1,000 horsepower, as Formula One looks to become a more environmentally responsible sport.