Genesis — The Birth and Evolution of Red Bull Racing
With Red Bull in the news lately for its forthcoming American alliance with Ford, let’s look back at how one of F1’s top teams came into being.
Sebastian Vettel. Photo: Getty Images / Red Bull
The Ford Motor Company recently announced its entrance into a technical partnership with defending Formula One World Champions Red Bull Racing, opening what the company’s executive chairman William Ford termed “an exciting new chapter” in the firm’s long and illustrious motorsports history.
New FIA engine regulations for Formula 1 are scheduled to take effect for 2026, rules whose intent is to alter the distribution of motive force from F1 power units so that the greater portion will come from the hybrid system rather than the internal combustion engine. The next generation of these turbo V6s will still provide in the region of 1,000-hp, but they will generate less of it from internal combustion, and more via the hybrid electronics, making Ford’s expertise in the latter technology a most valuable commodity.
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