Red Bull, the team based out of Milton Keynes, has enjoyed a golden streak in recent years. Under the current regulations, they’ve achieved back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ championship titles in both 2022 and 2023. Their dominance in Formula 1 racing, however, stands to face an entirely new challenge as the team gears up to design and manufacture its own power unit.
To develop its power unit, Red Bull has infused heavy investment into its new Red Bull Powertrains division. The goal of the project is to be competitive, leaving no stone unturned. The team has been on a vast recruitment spree, assembling the best talent to bring their powertrains to life.
Red Bull‘s team principal, Christian Horner, understands the size of the task they have taken on—a first in the team’s history. But one thing’s certain for him, his team isn’t scared. When questioned about his apprehension for the forthcoming challenges despite the ongoing golden run with Honda, Horner asserted, “Yeah, but that’s life, isn’t it? Nothing lasts forever. You just got to keep evolving.”
Red Bull‘s motivation to produce its own engine was born out of Honda‘s initial plan to withdraw from Formula 1 racing— a decision which was later rescinded. Despite the enormous investment necessitated by the powertrains project, Horner sees a bright side. He highlights the allure of being able to rely solely on the team’s performance for its success and not being at the mercy of others.
“At the moment we don’t want this season to stop,” Horner admits, “But 2026, it’s the next chapter for us, and it’s taking control of the one bit of variable that we’ve had.”
Horner confesses that the scale of this challenge for 2026 may be lost on some. Yet the team is giving the engine project the same level of tenacity they have for the chassis. He acknowledges the time crunch with only about 100 weeks left until the team hits the pitlane in a car powered by a Red Bull-designed and crafted engine. Horner acknowledged, “So that’s nerve-wracking and exciting all at once.”
Despite what lies ahead, Horner remains optimistic. He finishes, “But we’re on a good trajectory. We have some great people involved, and we have a great culture. We’re looking forward, and I’m looking forward, to it.”