Audi’s preparations to enter Formulation One in 2026 are selecting up pace and a prototype energy unit will run on the take a look at bench earlier than the top of the yr, the German producer mentioned.

The Volkswagen-owned model introduced final October that it was taking a stake within the Sauber Group, whose Swiss-based staff are competing this season as Alfa Romeo with Ferrari engines.

Formulation One could have a brand new energy unit from 2026, with the deal with sustainability and a extra cost-efficient future, when Sauber will grow to be the manufacturing unit Audi staff.

Talking at a presentation in Shanghai, Audi board member Oliver Hoffmann mentioned the Formulation One challenge had “actually taken off in current months.”

The selection of Shanghai for the Formulation One staff’s public debut is strategic, Audi has mentioned. China is the the VW Group model’s largest market, and on the similar time has an enormous base of Formulation One followers, the automaker mentioned. 

“We’re satisfied that our Formulation 1 dedication will strengthen Audi’s sporting focus,” CEO Markus Duesmann mentioned in a information launch on Tuesday. The racing sequence is constantly rising its world attain, particularly amongst younger goal teams and in our most vital gross sales market: China.”

Greater than 260 specialists had been already working on the powertrain facility in Neuburg an der Donau, close to the carmaker’s headquarters at Ingolstadt, with the core of the event staff coming from current Audi workers.

“They’re joined by specialists with Formulation One experience who’ve been sourced externally and can strengthen the staff in a focused method,” Audi mentioned.

“By the top of the yr, the hiring of workers ought to be accomplished, and the staff will include greater than 300 staff.”