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    Standardised Engines?

    Post by Ross on 5th December 2008, 09:55

    Basically, instead of copying a whole article, I'll very very briefly sum up what standardised engines are and what they mean for F1.

    Max Mosely and Bernie Ecclestone, in their desperate attemps to save F1, and eventually themselves, money, have come up with the idea to offer affordable standard engines to any team that wants to buy them. This way, teams such as Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India, should that want, could buy a three year deal for supply of these engines. These would not necessarily be 100% efficient and powerful, but they would help save alot of teams.

    However, this would be bad news for teams such as Ferrari, Toyota and Renault, who, as well as supplying engines to Toro Rosso, Williams and Red Bull respectively, create their own engines, and have done for years. They would lose millions if other teams can buy a power unit at a similar level of competetiveness at a fraction of the price.

    Ferrari had immediately protested at the idea, threatening to quit Formula One if it goes ahead, and more recently Fernando Alonso has expressed his displeasure and has issued a similar threat.

    And today, the FIA came to an agreement with Cosworth that if 4 teams sign up to the standardised engine option by 11th December, the Northampton-based engine manufacturer would supply these in a three year deal. If four teams do not sign up, it is rumoured it would still go ahead, just at a slightly higher price.

    In my opinion, this would be a disaster for the sport, particularly as Mosley already wants to ban customers cars which are a similar concept, only involving the chassis instead of the engine. It would be very unfair on teams that put millions into research and engine development.

    What dya reckon?


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    Re: Standardised Engines?

    Post by Mike on 5th December 2008, 10:19

    Thing is its more of a disaster when we only have Mclaren, Ferrari, BMW and Renault in the sport. Toyota will follow Honda out of F1 leaving Williams with no engine supplier. This is a ideal deal for Williams. Ferrari would still supply the two if not one of the Red Bull teams maybe leaving one of the Red Bulls using the Cosworth.


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    Re: Standardised Engines?

    Post by Ross on 6th December 2008, 11:15

    Toyota won't pull out, and if they do its nothing to do with costing. Besides, Williams would never have trouble finding an engine supplier, even if they do go back to Cosworth, but having said that, since Ferrari have lost Force India as an engine customer, there is room for another team to have a look. Just think of it, Williams Ferrari, how good would that be for the sport?


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