According to the British press, Audi may buy the McLaren Group. And therefore to provide a bridgehead in Formula 1. Our first analysis.
Earthquake in F1? Our very knowledgeable colleagues from the British Autocar magazine announced this morning that Audi is about to acquire the McLaren Group.It has been in financial difficulty since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis.
According to the London publication, all McLaren’s activities were concerned. So Artura, the Automotive branch that produces the GT or 720S, is also the team McLaren RacingBusy with F1 and Indycar. Ingolstadt has yet to confirm or deny Autocar’s claims. However, McLaren denied this information… This does not mean that the operation will not take place.
McLaren Group officially denies any takeover by Audi. The British manufacturer claims that the articles published in the private press today are “completely inaccurate”.
— Julien Billiotte (@jbilliotte) November 15, 2021
=> McLaren: Audi takeover in sight?
This takeover Tectonic scale changes in Formula 1. With this acquisition, four rings would have recognized his know-how in terms of chassis and operation (8 manufacturer world championship titles) and an ultra-modern factory in the UK.
All that remains for Audi then is to design a hybrid propulsion system that meets the requirements. New engine regulations expected for 2026. This should be simpler than the current one and leave more room for kinetic energy harvesting (MGU-K).
There are many bridges between the two brands. starting with the existenceAndreas Seidelin its place main team at McLaren. This former BMW driver primarily used Audi’s sister brand Porsche program in the world endurance championships between 2014 and 2017.
This can also change the political cards within the vizier discipline. most The Volkswagen group has recently expressed interest in a commitment to Formula 1.. First of all, we expected an alliance between the two Red Bull teams and the Wolfsburg group, perhaps through the Porsche brand.
Audi never officially entered Formula 1.
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