- General Motors will supply the Andretti Cadillac entry
- Engine will be ready by 2028 at the earliest
- Andretti Cadillac will need to secure short-term engine supply from 2026 if successful in joining F1
General Motors has formally registered with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) as an engine manufacturer from the start of the 2028 season.
In a statement, the US manufacturer revealed the ‘Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit’, hinting at a potentially successful entry bid for the Andretti Global organisation.
While this bid still needs to be approved by Formula One itself, the FIA has already signed off on the outfit’s suitability to join the grid.
“We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit,” said GM president Mark Reuss.
“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.”
GM has confirmed that testing is well underway, with the process set to benefit the manufacturer in numerous areas, including ‘electrification, hybrid technology, sustainable fuels, high efficiency internal combustion engines, advanced controls and software systems’.
With the powertrain set to be ready for the 2028 season at the earliest, Andretti Cadillac would need to secure a short-term deal for the supply of engines from 2026 if their entry bid to join Formula One is successful.
In response to the news, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem posted on X – formerly Twitter – to say that ‘the presence of iconic American brands Andretti and GM is good for the sport’.
Many voices within Formula One claimed this wasn’t possible, and yet we have the clearest indication yet of GM’s commitment to the sport.
With the series worried about the potential commercial impact of the Andretti Cadillac entry, there can surely be few arguments now against the benefit of this team to the wider grid.
Even if the anti-dilution fee ends up being increased to around US$600 million, don’t forget this entry also has backing from Guggenheim Partners, which has an estimated US$300 billion of assets under management.
This engine commitment from GM will also ensure the US-based team becomes a fully-fledged works team, another string to Andretti’s bow.
Formula One must not let self-interest obstruct a much-needed shot in the arm for the series.