Formula One may be on the brink of gaining another engine supplier after news broke last night that a new operation, ran by Craig Pollock, is looking to offer power plants to teams from 2013 onwards.
Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d’Energie or PURE for short, has already recruited a whole host of staff, including former Renault F1 managing director Christian Contzen and aerospace expert Robin Southwell. PURE has also contacted TEOS Powertrain Engineering, which is part-owned by Mecachrome, to design and produce the engine.
The news will mean that Pollock will make his first formal return to Formula One since 2002, when he was ousted from his position of team principal of British American Racing – after a string of poor results.
Apart from the manufacturers, with all teams there’s potential,” Pollock is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “There are only four suppliers to date for 12 teams, and there is no guarantee there is going to be four suppliers in 2013.
“We purposely have not contacted any of the teams. We first had to get the company up and running after the engine rules changed in December last year.
“Our design and development is already way down the road and we are now ready to approach the teams.
“We’re going to come in with a very cost-effective, high quality engine, and we believe there are many teams out there who will be looking for a change of supplier going forward.”
The news was welcomed by Jean Todt, President of the FIA, who is quoted in an article by Autosport as saying: “We welcome PURE to Formula 1. The rule changes for 2013 have been developed to provide lower cost, greener and more fuel efficient technologies for Formula 1. We wish PURE every success in developing power trains compliant with the new FIA regulations.”
So how might this announcement affect Formula One and how might it play a bigger role in the upcoming wrangling’s over the sport’s future?
Well PURE has decided to enter Formula one under the impression that the sport will still adopt the brand new engine regulations announced last year. This is further compounded by a second interview between Autosport and Pollock where the latter states that the new engine will be tested on a dyno later this year.
All of this suggests that the FIA plans to push on with the planned 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, regardless of the continued opposition shown from Ferrari and even Bernie Ecclestone.
In fact the Introduction of PURE leaves the Italian Manufacturer further out in the cold, with Renault having already thrown its support behind a concept which would fall closer into line with its road car division.
Therefore, with so much weighted behind the new regulations, it would be safe to presume that such a change would now be straight forward.
Then again this sport is never predictable and Ferrari has been notorious for dragging its heels to try and get what it wants.
Mercedes is reportedly keen to maintain the status quo alongside Cosworth, although both would agree to the new regulations if it was rubberstamped.
With talk of buyouts and upcoming negotiations about the sport’s future, it can be assured that the issue of engines will rage on even after PURE has tested its first motor.