Ford and Formula 1 are a combination unheard of in recent times, their last official involvement ending in 2004 with the failed Jaguar partnership.
That may soon change; the American company reportedly showing interest in collaborating with Red Bull from 2026 when new engine regulations are introduced.
The reports come from motorsport.com, who say sources have revealed interest from the Americans to a potential partnership.
It’s believed the collaboration would be flexible for the current Constructors Champions; the intended direction said to be from a marketing and brand-presence perspective.
From this, Red Bull will most likely retain majority ownership of the team as well as have full control over chassis and power unit design. Ford’s input and expertise, however, is an asset which would benefit even the strongest of teams.
It’s believed the interest comes as a result of Formula 1’s growth, viewing numbers up globally as the sport continues to evolve. The United States also hosts three Grand Prix’s from 2023 meaning entry would be commercially viable.
The two outfits are already tied through a successful WRC team.
New engine regulations being introduced in 2026 are proving to be a hit with current and potential manufacturers, Formula 1’s Net Carbon Zero program aligning itself with the corporate values of a number of organisations.
This has seen several competitors interested in re-entry, including Audi, who will partner Sauber from that year.
Red Bull remains focused on producing its own power unit but has recently been linked with partnerships with Porsche or Honda.
Talks with Porsche fell through earlier this year due to fears the German manufacturer would strip the team of its full independence.
Reigniting the Honda partnership still remains an option. However, the organisation apparently keen on the electric power technology required for 2026 racing.
The Japanese manufacturer has revealed they’ve registered with the FIA as an interested manufacturer for the 2026 engine rules. That registration, however, is independent, meaning they may choose to partner with another team or go it alone.
One other option which has been rumoured is running AlphaTauri on a separate power unit to Red Bull.
Whilst still a while away, the new 2026 regulations appear they’ll shake up Formula 1 as we know it.
Audi has already been confirmed from that year, with Ford now one of many others said to be interested in joining the party.