Red Bull tap Atlas Copco to equip powertrain HQ

Swedish company to support Red Bull Powertrains engine production.

Red Bull tap Atlas Copco to equip powertrain HQ

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  • Atlas Copco to supply tools and software
  • Red Bull Powertrains facility broke ground in April 2021

The Red Bull Formula One team have partnered with industrial assembly solutions provider Atlas Copco in a deal covering their power unit manufacturing division.

The agreement will see Sweden-based Atlas Copco help equip Red Bull Powertrains’ new facility in Milton Keynes, currently under construction, to build power units to meet future Formula One regulations.

This includes a range of tightening technologies designed to boost innovation, enhance productivity and increase quality within the assembly process.

Atlas Copco will also supply Red Bull Powertrains with ToolsNet8 data collection software and the STR digital smart wrench, which will be used to disassemble the engine after use.

Red Bull began construction on the new facility that will become the team’s new powertrain division in April 2021. The UK-based outfit took over engine construction from Honda in 2022, though the Japanese company will continue supporting Red Bull until at least 2023, despite officially exiting Formula One last year.

“A little over a year ago we embarked on a remarkable journey – to become the first fully independent complete constructor on the current F1 grid, manufacturing both chassis and power unit,” said Christian Horner, team principal and chief executive of Red Bull Racing, and chief executive of Red Bull Powertrains.

“It is an enormous but hugely exciting undertaking and one that requires like-minded allies that share our vision for pushing the boundaries of technology, rapid innovation and smart production.

“Atlas Copco has great heritage in that regard and is right at the forefront of industry’s data-driven revolution.

“Our partnership with a world leader such as Atlas Copco will undoubtedly help us to make our journey faster, smarter and more efficient – all qualities that an F1 team prizes above all else."

James McAllister, Atlas Copco’s general manager for tools and industrial assembly solutions, added: “Both Atlas Copco and Red Bull Powertrains are at the forefront of innovation, sharing a desire to continuously push the boundaries of manufacturing excellence and sustainable production.

“Operating in an environment where nothing short of perfection is acceptable, Atlas Copco’s focus on delivering traceability, error-proofing and data-driven insight will give Red Bull Powertrains a competitive edge. We look forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship with the team at Milton Keynes.”