GM signs up to supply the power unit for Andretti’s bid to join Formula One

GM signs up to supply the power unit for Andretti’s bid to join Formula One

General Motors has officially registered with the International Automobile Federation to become a power unit manufacturer starting in the 2028 Formula 1 season, the American automaker announced on Tuesday, just days before the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the third and final Formula 1 race of the season in the United States. .

“We are thrilled to have our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry powered by a GM power unit,” GM President Mark Reuss said. “With our deep engineering and racing experience, we are confident that we will develop a successful power unit for the series, positioning Andretti Cadillac as a true works team. We will run with the best, at the highest levels, with passion and integrity that will help elevate the sport for racing fans around the world.” .

GM previously had a technical partnership with Andretti Autosport’s Formula 1 effort to join the grid in 2026, coinciding with Formula 1’s introduction of new technical configurations. Andretti would still need a Formula 1 engine deal with a customer if it debuted in 2025 or 2026, but it now has a commitment from GM in the future that would provide a major boost to its entry hopes.

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Ford, GM’s American rival, will also enter Formula 1 in 2026, aligning itself with the famous Oracle Red Bull Racing team. GM has already begun developing and testing the power unit with which it seeks to compete in Formula 1.

The FIA’s approval of GM follows the carmaker’s previously announced intention to back Michael Andretti’s bid to secure an F1 team across its Cadillac brand. That process has faced several hurdles but still has support from the FIA, including approving Andretti’s expression of interest last month. Andretti, who owns teams in several world championships, including IndyCar where he has won four series championships and five Indianapolis 500 championships, is seeking to leverage his ties with GM to acquire an 11th Formula 1 team.

Before Andretti’s car can reach the grid, his application must be approved by the Formula 1 teams. To date, Formula 1 teams have been reluctant to support his bid due to financial concerns they have that the XI team will dilute their revenue streams beyond the amount The $200 million that Andretti has to pay. Formula 1 has not approved a new team since 2016, when the Haas team, owned by American businessman Gene Haas, entered the sport.

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An earlier version of this article missed the technical partnership between Andretti and GM. GM has not committed to supplying Andretti with a power unit.

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