The FIA has confirmed that it will soon be opening the tender process to build a standard Formula One engine.
An initial statement from the FIA read, “The FIA will today open the tender process for the appointment of a third party supplier of engines and transmission systems to be used by competitors in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship.
“The tender summary and requirements will be published on the FIA website shortly.â€
An FIA spokesperson then further clarified the matter by stating the teams will still be able to build their own engines when the new rules come into force in 2010 although the regulations means that all teams will be using a standardised engine. The provider who wins the tender will either provide a full engine for teams, or provide full, detailed designs to allow teams to build the engine in-house.
“The FIA intends to amend the regulations to require all F1 competitors to use a standardised engine,â€ the FIA s spokesperson confirmed.
“The provider will set out a detailed design and will either provide engines in full working order or the detailed designs to allow competitors to build their own standardised engine.
“Where competitors choose to build all or part of their standardized engine, the appointed provider will assist the FIA in ensuring all engines and parts have been built in accordance with the appropriate design and conforms to a performance output in a prescribed range.”