Cosworth’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre enters final development phase

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Cosworth, the world-renowned performance engineering and manufacturing group, has confirmed that its flagship Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) is on target for completion in January 2015.

The building’s structure is complete and work is now underway to fit out the inside of the facility that will start fulfilling contracts with three global automotive vehicle manufacturers early next year. These partnerships will provide Cosworth with a projected order book of some £75M.

The new state-of-the-art 38,000-square-foot facility, which is being developed with support from local and national government, will house an advanced flexible manufacturing system capable of producing complex machined components for high-performance limited production road vehicles.

Located in the Waterside Enterprise Zone in Northampton adjacent to Cosworth’s existing St James Mill Road site, the new facility will create around 70 new jobs and apprenticeships.

The leading edge informatics and simulation systems that will play key roles in the AMC are being developed within Cosworth’s Centre of Excellence for Niche Volume Manufacturing, which is supported by a grant from the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). In partnership with Cranfield University and Flexeye Ltd, the Centre will help OEMs bring new technologies and innovations to market by enabling the cost-effective manufacture of advanced components through the use of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

Hal Reisiger, Chief Executive, Cosworth Group Holdings:

“Cosworth is uniquely positioned to provide complete powertrain consultancy, component manufacture and engine assembly services for vehicle makers seeking to create high performance vehicles.

Our Advanced Manufacturing Centre is a striking example of the strategic focus and investment that is developing our business with global automotive OEMs. The new facility will enable us to begin work on new contracts with three automotive manufacturers, which will generate around £75M of business for Cosworth.

We have restructured Cosworth’s business over the past 18 months to support delivery of a new business strategy, focusing on automotive OEMs, motorsport and the performance aftermarket. The completion of the AMC will allow Cosworth to enter an exciting new period of growth.”

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans
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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.