The team Red bull Formula 1 will develop its own engine from 2025, rather than using an engine manufacturer, and you have hired a Mercedes engineer for this purposeit said in a statement on Friday.
“As technical director, Ben Hodgkinson to join Red Bull Powertrains (the team’s motors department) in a key role to lead all technical aspects and focus on the development of the first power unit developed by Red Bull, in order to comply with the new regulations currently scheduled for 2025 ”, specify in the note.
Following the withdrawal of its engine manufacturer Honda from F1 at the end of the current season, Red Bull acquired the technology from the Japanese brand and will produce it in-house between 2022 and 2024, before developing its own powertrain. at its headquarters in Milton. Keynes, Great Britain.
When Red Bull announced the creation of Red Bull Powertrains after the purchase of the Honda engine, the editor’s note also announced a new phase of its ambition in Formula 1: “Integrate every aspect of car design internally and put our destiny in our own hands”, explains its head, Christian Horner. “The ultimate expression of this will is the development of a Red Bull power unit as part of the next generation of Formula 1 engines.”
After working as an engine engineer for the World Rally Championship (WRC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ben Hodgkinson spent almost 20 years in what is now the Mercedes AMG engine department, with the team that has won. all titles since the introduction of hybrid engines in 2014.