What Engine Does Red Bull Use In F1?

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Red Bull managed to win the 2021 F1 Driver World Championship in spectacular fashion at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi.  The team managed to get a total of 585.5 points throughout the season, proving that they were the fastest on track.  But what engine does Red Bull Use in F1?

Red Bull F1 currently uses the Honda RBPTH001 engine.  This is an upgraded version of the 2021 1.6 liter Turbo V6 engine.  Red Bull has been supplied engines by Cosworth, Ferrari, Renault, TAG-Heure, and Honda since their debut in 2005.  Red Bull Powertrains will manufacture its own engines by 2026.

Read on to discover who manufactures engines for Red Bull, who their engine suppliers were, and which manufacturer has a high-speed record.

What F1 Engine Does Red Bull Use For The 2022 Race Season

Red Bull F1 will be using the Honda RBPTH001 engine in their RB18 race car for the 2022 F1 season.  The engine is a 1.6-liter Turbo V6 capable of reaching 17,000rpm.  The same engine will be used by Red Bull’s sister team Alpha Tauri in 2022.

The RBPTH001 engine is a reworked version of the 2021 RA621H engine that propelled Max Verstappen to his first Formula 1 World Championship.  The exact power figures for the new engine are a closely kept secret.  Still, it is estimated that the engine may produce as much as 900hp.

The Honda Red Bull History

Honda started supplying F1 engines to Red Bull in 2019 and managed to claim a world championship in 2021.  Honda had planned to exit Formula 1 at the end of 2021 after supplying Red Bull with their 2022 engine.  Honda wanted to put all their efforts into the ever-growing Electric Vehicles market.  At the same time, Red Bull would start manufacturing their own engines with Honda parts.

Red Bull had opened another division called Red Bull Powertrains to manufacture their own engines from 2022 onwards.  Red Bull did not want to become a “customer team.” They did not want to rely on an engine manufacturer that already supplies engines to rival teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes.

In January 2022, Honda announced that they would remain in F1 and supply engines to Red Bull and Alpha Tauri till the end of 2025.  This decision was taken as there is currently an engine

development freeze from 2022 to 2025.  So Honda would not be able to do any more development on the engine to improve it, but rather just manufacture for the next three years.    

The Role Of Red Bull Powertrains

Now that Honda is remaining in Formula 1 till 2025, Red Bull will have the support of the Honda brand for the near future.  But, Red Bull still wants to manufacture their own engines when the engine freeze expires.  The experience that can be obtained by Honda and Red Bull Powertrains will assist and prepare the Red Bull team as they develop a new engine with the 2025 regulations.

The Red Bull Engine Suppliers Through The Years

The following list displays the engine suppliers for Red Bull from 2005 to 2021, with the team’s total points scored and the constructor’s Championship position for that year.

YearTeamCarEnginePointsConstructors
2005Red Bull RacingRB 1Cosworth347th
2006Red Bull RacingRB 2Ferrari167th
2007Red Bull RacingRB 3Renault245th
2008Red Bull RacingRB 4Renault297th
2009Red Bull RacingRB 5Renault153.52nd
2010Red Bull RacingRB 6Renault4981st
2011Red Bull RacingRB 7Renault6501st
2012Red Bull RacingRB 8Renault4601st
2013Red Bull RacingRB 9Renault5961st
2014Red Bull RacingRB 10Renault4052nd
2015Red Bull RacingRB 11Renault1874th
2016Red Bull RacingRB 12TAG Heuer4682nd
2017Red Bull RacingRB 13TAG Heuer3683rd
2018Red Bull RacingRB 14TAG Heuer4193rd
2019Red Bull RacingRB15Honda4173rd
2020Red Bull RacingRB 16Honda3192nd
2021Red Bull RacingRB 16BHonda585.52nd

The Honda F1 Top Speed Record

The Red Bull’s Honda engine comes from a company that holds the record for the fasted F1 car ever.  In 2006 the Honda F1 team set themselves a goal to achieve a speed of 400km/h with a Formula 1 car.  The team used a 2005 BAR Honda with a 2.4 liter V10 Honda engine.

The record was to be attempted at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.  The car received a few minor aerodynamic changes that would supply the least aerodynamic drag on the car and improve the top-end speed.

On its first run, Honda Test Driver Alan van der Merwe managed to push the car to a top speed of 412.25 km/h.  This proved that the car was very capable of reaching the team goal.  The car needed to do a return run to seal in the record, but it did not manage to pass the 400km/h mark.

The two speeds were averaged, and the final speed for the record attempt was 397.360km/h.   This is the highest speed ever recorded by an F1 car.

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Conclusion

The Red Bull F1 team currently uses the Honda RBPTH001 engine.  This engine is a 1.6-liter Turbo V6 that is estimated to produce over 900 hp.  Honda was planning on leaving Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season.  Red bull was preparing to manufacture their own engines with Honda parts for the 2022 season onwards.

The new engine was to be called Red Bull Powertrains.  However, Honda reversed their decision to leave and opted to supply Red Bull and their sister team Alpha Tauri with engines till the end of 2025.  Red Bull has had five engine suppliers since they entered Formula 1 in 2005.  They were powered by Cosworth, Ferrari, Renault, Tag Heure, and their current supplier Honda.

References

https://honda.racing/rbr-sat/post/honda-engines-through-the-years

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_in_Formula_One

https://www.redbullracing.com/int-en/cars

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