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F1 Approaching a Ford vs General Motors Rivalry



F1 Approaching a Ford vs General Motors Rivalry

Red Bull F1 Confirms Ford as New Engine Partner for 2026 Formula 1 Season, but Without General Motors on the Grid, Can the Automaker Fully Reach Its Potential?

Ford and General Motors are the two largest car manufacturers in the United States and have a significant presence globally. GM is the market leader in the US.

Both companies faced challenges during the 2008 financial crisis, with GM receiving government support and Ford declining.

Ford’s business strategy is to focus on its Ford and Lincoln brands only. Both Ford and GM have produced electric vehicles, but GM has more fully embraced this technology.

The competition between Ford and General Motors dates back to 1909, when their potential merger failed to materialize.

As an established industry leader, General Motors took advantage of the situation and its founder Billy Durant acquired Ford for $2 million upfront and an additional $4 million over a three-year period.

Although the offer was accepted, a financial crisis made the funds unavailable, causing the deal to fall through and leading to Durant’s dismissal from GM.


Determined not to retire, Durant teamed up with racing driver Louis Chevrolet, with whom he already had a connection, and set his sights on taking on Ford in the racing world.

This ignited the intense competition that still persists on the racetracks and in car showrooms.

In Australia, the classic Holden versus Ford divide in Supercars is a prime example. In this category, fans are firmly divided, with either red or blue loyalty.

Even though the competition is somewhat subdued in endurance racing, Ford and General Motors brands, including Chevrolet, still frequently compete on the same track.

It is widely acknowledged that the FIA is eager to expand the grid, and Michael Andretti continues to strongly pursue his goal of securing a spot as the 11th team.

As part of his efforts, Andretti announced a partnership with the General Motors brand Cadillac, marking the manufacturer’s debut in F1 and creating a stark contrast with Ford.

However, serious concerns persist regarding Andretti’s entry, with speculation that the Cadillac name would simply be a branding tactic for a power unit supplied by an existing manufacturer.


Andretti has attempted to dispel these doubts and has confirmed that any power unit used from 2026 onwards will contain unique General Motors intellectual property.

If this comes to fruition and the bid is successful, it could mark the beginning of a highly competitive rivalry.

Ford has already achieved great success in F1 on its own, and with its partnership with Red Bull, it is highly likely to reach new heights. There’s no denying this.

In reality, the Ford Cosworth DFV engine is the most dominant engine in F1 history, having been used by multiple teams and earning numerous victories between 1967 and 1985, with its final win coming in 1983 with Michele Alboreto in a Tyrrell.

However, focusing solely on facts like these would miss the point.

F1’s popularity in the United States is growing rapidly, as evidenced by the recent additions of Miami and Las Vegas to the race schedule.

Having Ford on the grid would surely increase interest, but having General Motors as well could take things to a whole new level, unlocking extra marketing opportunities and boosting revenue.


While all teams are worried about a reduction in prize money if an eleventh team joins the grid, the potential for a Ford vs General Motors showdown should ease these concerns.

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