Red Bull performance director Pierre Waché has explained the scale of the challenge the Milton Keynes team faces to get its engine ready in time for the new regulations in 2026.
The next generation of engines in Formula 1 will consume far less energy and produce no net CO2 exhaust emissions while producing three times the amount of electrical power of the current generation. Although they will – on paper – be greener than those currently in use, rear-mounted F1 power units from 2026 will still produce over 1,000 horsepower.
Asked at a press conference in Monza to find out the extent of the challenge for Red Bull to prepare its very first engine in time for the 2026 season, Pierre Waché replied: « I think it’s a huge challenge from what I can see, clearly. »
« At the moment my focus is on the current league, but clearly it’s a huge challenge, even more so when you’re starting from scratch like they do. »
“You have to put everything in place, you can see the building that they have built [à Milton Keynes]the number of test beds, the number of people they have now. In this field, the learning curve is very high and the lead time for parts supply is very long.”
Recently, the car manufacturer Porsche announced that a possible partnership with the Red Bull Racing team to enter Formula 1 from 2026 as an engine manufacturer will never see the light of day. Indeed, for several months, talks had been underway between Porsche and Red Bull Racing on the possibility of Porsche entering Formula 1 from the 2026 season, but these discussions ultimately led to nothing and the Milton Keynes team will therefore develop its power unit on its own.