General Motors will plan to enter Formula 1 as the latest power unit manufacturer in 2028 after having its interest registered with the FIA.

The engine, which would be branded as a Cadillac, would be used by the prospective Andretti entry, which was finally accepted by the FIA at the beginning of last month.

However, the eponymous team – run by Michael Andretti, son of 1978 F1 World Champion Mario – is still awaiting an agreement with Formula One Management.

The American side’s bid to become the sport’s 11th outfit from 2025 has met stern opposition from the incumbent teams, who are concerned about a diluted prize pot.

But Andretti’s long-standing strive to crack the F1 market has been further bolstered by the news that its acceptance would also yield a brand-new powertrain manufacturer.

“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.”

Michael Andretti (USA).
22.10.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 19, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Qualifying Day.
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With Andretti eyeing a maiden F1 campaign in 2025, the team would likely have to secure a deal with another powertrain provider for the interim period prior to GM’s arrival.

It was previously reported that Andretti had agreed on terms to a supply of Renault engines, but Alpine’s Interim Team Principal Bruno Famin revealed that had since expired.

Despite Williams Team Principal James Vowles issuing that GM could partner with another team, Reuss outlined that Cadillac’s involvement was dependent on Andretti.

“GM is committed to partnering with Andretti to race in F1. The collaboration between Andretti-Cadillac brings together two unique entities built for racing, both with long pedigrees of success in motorsport globally.”

GM’s intent on becoming a power unit provider for F1’s new engine regulations for 2026 would make it the seventh manufacturer, along with Audi, Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull-Ford.

“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,” Reuss concluded.

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