Martin Whitmarsh has revealed he is not surprised to hear about 2014 engine supplier Pure’s problems.
The McLaren boss and current FOTA chairman said he expects there to be just three engine manufacturers – Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari – supplying turbo V6 engines in 2014. There had already been doubts in the paddock that HRT and Marussia’s V8 supplier, the British independent Cosworth, may not be in a position to supply engines in 2014 as per the radical new regulations. Read more... (242 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)
Craig Pollock’s ‘Pure’ company has paused its operations, the German website motorsport-total and journalists Dieter Rencken and Stefan Ziegler have revealed.
Pollock, formerly the founder of Brackley based BAR and Jacques Villeneuve’s manager, announced last year he intended to supply ‘Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d’Energie’ (Pure)-branded engines to formula one customers for the 2014 V6 regulations. Read more... (221 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Customer engines will be much more expensive in 2014.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, for example, Sauber currently spends EUR 8 million on its Ferrari engine, and another million for KERS. But for 2014, with F1 switching to ‘green’ turbo V6 power, the price is reportedly going up to between EUR 18-23 million. Read more... (90 words, estimated 22 secs reading time)