Red Bull Racing launches powertrain company
Red Bull have formed a powertrain company, Red Bull Powertrains Limited, following an agreement with Honda to use the Japanese manufacturer’s F1 power unit technology.
Red Bull has reached an agreement with Honda Motor Co Ltd to use Honda F1 power unit technology from the beginning of the 2022 season. It follows Honda’s decision to exit Formula One as a power unit manufacturer in 2021.
The new company will be based on the Red Bull Technology Campus in Milton Keynes.
The FIA’s introduction of a Formula One power unit development freeze takes effect from the beginning of 2022 with the new agreement covering the duration of the development freeze both for Red Bull Racing and sister team Scuderia AlphaTauri’s cars until the next generation engines are introduced in 2025.
Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Dr Helmut Marko revealed: ” We are grateful for Honda’s collaboration in this regard and for helping to ensure that both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri continue to have competitive power units. The establishment of Red Bull Powertrains Limited is a bold move by Red Bull but it is one we have made after careful and detailed consideration. We are aware of the huge commitment required but we believe the creation of this new company is the most competitive option for both teams.”
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner added: “This agreement represents a significant step for Red Bull in its Formula One journey. We were understandably disappointed when Honda made the decision to leave the sport as an engine manufacturer, as our relationship yielded immediate success, but we are grateful for their support in facilitating this new agreement. Honda has invested significantly in hybrid technology to ensure the supply of competitive power units to both teams. We now begin the work of bringing the power unit division in-house and integrating the new facilities and personnel into our Technology Campus. In the meantime, we are fully focused on achieving the best possible results in what will be Honda’s final season as an official power unit supplier.”