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Audi Gears Up for F1 with Major New Facility

  • Audi is building a 10,000 square-foot building to support its Formula 1 efforts.
  • The company is joining the Sauber team in 2026 as a power unit supplier.
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Audi won’t enter Formula 1 until 2026, but it’s already making massive investments.

The German auto manufacturer, which will be the power unit supplier for Sauber, is expanding its manufacturing capabilities to support its new role. Audi acquired a stake in Sauber as part of the deal.

  • Audi is expanding its Neuburg facility with a roughly 10,000 square-foot building that will include test benches for power unit development.
  • The facility, which opened in 2014, has been used to forward Audi’s other racing efforts including Formula E, the World Endurance Championship, and the Dakar Rally.
  • Audi has already added around 220 employees since announcing its entry into F1 in October and plans to bring on another 80 people by the middle of next year.

The expanded team will help develop the new vehicle’s energy recovery system, electric motor, battery, combustion engine, and transmission. The first tests of the power unit are planned for 2025.

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Cleaner Machines

Audi was convinced to join the global racing series due to its growing commitment to sustainability. Engine regulations for 2026 include sustainable fuel and an electric drivetrain that provides nearly the same level of power as the combustion engine.

Porsche — which like Audi is owned by Volkswagen — expected to join F1 in 2026 through a deal with Red Bull, but the latter backed out. It is still interested in striking a deal with another F1 team.

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