GM Joins Formula 1 as an Engine Manufacturer, Will Power Andretti Cadillac F1 Team in 2028

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General Motors announced that it formally registered with the FIA as a Formula 1 power unit manufacturer. The group is going to supply engines to the new Andretti Cadillac F1 team starting the 2028 season. The team will have to come up with another solution for the 2025, 2026, and 2027 seasons.
With the move, General Motors is planning to position Andretti Cadillac F1 as a true works team. The GM President Mark Reuss promises the very best at the highest levels.

Last month, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) approved Andretti’s Expression of Interest application for Andretti Cadillac to race in the F1 Championship. But Andretti Cadillac F1 is waiting for a decision from FOM (Formula One Management), from the ten teams on the grid who fear the effect of a new entry.

The team has already kicked off the development and testing of prototype technology and plans to go racing as soon as 2025. Andretti and GM executives will attend the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix this upcoming weekend in an attempt to lobby for approval. If they don’t get a positive decision soon, considering they want to be on the grid in two seasons from now, they will start running out of time.

The F1 experience will advance GM’s expertise in sectors such as electrification sustainable fuels, high-efficiency internal combustion engines, as well as advanced controls and software system.

This is what they have been doing for more than a century, since they have been involved in motor racing, an experience to which the Cadillac’s V-Series performance lineup pays tribute and carries over racing technology.

Cadillac has also developed the 5.5L DOHC V8 powertrains that power the cars in the 2023 IMSA and WEC seasons. It is the powertrain that brought Cadillac a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alpine was also in the cards to supply an engine to Andretti Cadillac F1. CEO of Renault Luca de Meo was also in serious talks to power the cars of the new team.

Before General Motors comes in, the team will have to find another supplier. It remains to be seen what solution they will come up with for the 2025, 2026, and 2027 seasons, before GM greenlights the first F1 turbo hybrid engine.

Six manufacturers have signed with the F1 governing body to supply engines in 2026. Newcomer Audi is on the list. The Germans will partner up with Sauber. Honda is going to return to the competition as an official supplier that season. Ford also has plans to make a comeback in partnership with Red Bull Racing, the team that won the Constructors’ Championship in three consecutive seasons.

Former racing driver Michael Andretti, son of former F1 driver Mario Andretti, who won the F1 championship in 1978, won the US CART championship and had a brief stint in Formula 1 with McLaren in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. His team would be the second American squad on the grid, keeping Haas company.
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