In a groundbreaking announcement, General Motors has cemented its position in the world of Formula 1 by becoming an authorized power unit manufacturer for the Andretti Cadillac F1 team, scheduled to kick off their F1 journey in the 2028 season. This strategic move marks a significant development in the automotive world, but it comes with its own set of financial considerations and regulatory requirements.
- Financial Commitment: To join the Formula 1 grid, the Andretti Cadillac F1 team must engage in commercial negotiations with the FOM (Formula One Management) and contribute a substantial “anti-dilution” fee amounting to $200 million. This fee is part of the Concorde Agreement and aims to compensate existing teams for the redistribution of future prize money among an expanded field of 11 teams, up from the previous 10.
- Cadillac’s Formula 1 Journey: General Motors is actively involved in the research, development, and testing of prototype technology tailored for Formula 1 power units carrying the Cadillac brand. This move builds on the company’s storied history in racing, including its engineering of the 5.5-liter V-8 engine that propelled Cadillac’s IMSA GTP race car to victory and a podium finish at the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Engine Sourcing Dilemma: With Andretti’s expected Formula 1 debut in 2026, a critical question arises: where will the team source its engines until the Cadillac power unit is ready? A provisional agreement with Renault, which had been in place, expired in October, adding an element of uncertainty. According to Motorsport.com, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) indicates that the team will be eligible for an engine supply in the 2026 season under existing F1 sporting regulations. This supply is likely to come from a current engine manufacturer supporting the fewest customer teams, which could be a tie between Honda and Alpine in 2026.
The announcement arrives just one month following the FIA’s approval of Andretti’s Expression of Interest application to join the Formula 1 championship. During a media briefing, GM President Mark Reuss shared in a statement:
“We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a [General Motors] power unit.
“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.”
General Motors’ entry into Formula 1 is a testament to the sport’s enduring appeal and the allure of showcasing cutting-edge automotive technology on the global stage. As fans and enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the 2028 season, the Andretti Cadillac F1 team’s journey is sure to be one filled with excitement and innovation.
General Motors embarks on an exciting Formula 1 journey as an authorized power unit manufacturer for the Andretti Cadillac F1 team, with financial considerations and a commitment to cutting-edge technology. The 2028 season promises to be a thrilling chapter in the company’s storied racing history.