Marussia switches to Ferrari power for 2014

Leave a comment

Marussia have confirmed they will switch from Cosworth to Ferrari engines next year when the new rules come into force.

The team announced a “long-term power train partnership” with Ferrari on Tuesday. They will receive the new 2014-specification V6 turbo engines with Energy Recovery Systems and transmission.

CEO Andy Webb said the deal “provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions”.

“The importance of this development to our team cannot be overstated,” he added.

“The new power train regulations being introduced next year represent the most substantial engine development within the sport since the introduction of the V8 formula and are all the more significant for the increased contribution of the Energy Recovery System.”

The deal spells an end for Cosworth’s F1 engine supply program. It returned to Formula One in 2010 with four teams: Lotus (now Caterham), Williams, HRT and Virgin (now Marussia). Lotus and Williams turned to Renault power and HRT collapsed at the end of last season.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosworth, with whom we have partnered since our debut season in 2010. We have shared an important part of our team’s journey together and Cosworth have been an integral part of our clear progression,” said Webb.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

SMP Racing
Leave a comment

SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.