Andretti Global has joined forces with Cadillac Racing with intent to field a Cadillac F1 team, and neither organization has given up the fight. In fact, Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, recently announced that it has registered with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the sanctioning body in charge of F1, to become a power unit manufacturer for the prestigious international open wheel racing series.
GM has been in the process of testing and developing prototype technology that would allow it to compete in F1, with expectations that such tech could help the automaker gain valuable experience in areas like electrification, hybrid technology, sustainable fuels, high-efficiency internal-combustion engines, advanced controls and software systems. It’s important to note, though, that GM power units will not be implemented in F1 race cars until 2028.
“We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit,” GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement. “With our deep engineering and racing expertise, we’re confident we’ll develop a successful power unit for the series, and position Andretti Cadillac as a true works team. We will run with the very best, at the highest levels, with passion and integrity that will help elevate the sport for race fans around the world.”
Out of four applications from other organizations interested in competing in F1, Cadillac Racing was the only one to make it past the approval stage. That could make the luxury marque eligible for F1 competition as soon as 2026.
Cadillac Racing already has quite the motorsports pedigree. The luxury marque currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship, where it takes to the track with the hybrid Cadillac V-Series.R race car.