As GM Authority reported back in February 2022, there was buzz that Alpine would supply the Andretti Cadillac F1 team with racing engines to compete in Formula One. Now, General Motors has announced that it has formally registered with the FIA to become a power unit manufacturer for the prestigious racing series.
The General went on to reveal that it has already begun testing and development of necessary prototype technology. In fact, the Detroit-based automaker expects that engineering an F1 power unit will help to further advance its experience in areas like electrification, hybrid technology, sustainable fuels, high-efficiency internal-combustion engines, advanced controls and software systems.
It’s worth noting that GM-built power units won’t be used in an F1 vehicle until the 2028 season.
“We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit,” GM President Mark Reuss stated. “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.”
Notably, the FIA also recently approved an application that will allow Andretti Cadillac to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship, becoming the only 2023 applicant out of four to reach this milestone.
In other Cadillac Racing news, it was recently discovered that General Motors was approached by the F1 sanctioning body itself and allegedly asked to consider teaming up with an entity besides Andretti. Of course, The General ignored this request and soldiered on with the Andretti partnership.
While the aforementioned application has already been approved, GM must now seek approval from F1 itself, which has apparently been rather slow with its response, and has yet to provide an update on the status of the approval.