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Craig Pollock forms company to design and build F1 engines

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May 05, 2011 11:38 AM

i am a little puzzled by this. i hope that it is not another usf1 affair. pollock was not the best when in f1, and he is producing an engine, which may or may not yet be adopted. linking with mecachrome does give him some credence, and he claims that bernie is fully supportive. has bernie fallen out of love with cossie? main trouble will be that there could well be too many engine suppliers, so someone will lose out, and i reckon the most likely to lose would be PURE. and if vw group also enter the frame, the over supply would be exacerbated. watch this space!


May 05, 2011 11:59 AM

Richard: I agree with you about CP not being very successful, and the fact that MrE is backing him up after saying he doesnt want to know anything about 4cyl engines sounds to me like a pile of bull. Anyways, correct me if I am wrong but VW already said that they are no longer interested in F1 anymore. So I think this is just a cheap gossip

LoussineLover - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:01 PM

Interesting - and as Richard says BAR were never quite there - although they were close at times but we , the outsiders, were never privy to full facts re finances, availability of top designers etc.Richard's other comment re over supply - in fact this could be good and keep costs down yet push development.Will be interesting times .

Taz - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 1:04 PM

All a bit strange/convenient the timing of this announcement considering the posturing regarding the new engine rules :rolleyes:

It's almost like a scheme cooked up by Mosley


May 05, 2011 1:30 PM
Last Edited 1822 days ago

These new engine regs are very much needed. If not F1 will become very much irrelevant. Small turbo hybrid engines are the future for the automotive industry. So remember the old maxim 'Race on Sunday sell on Monday'. With the new regs we may see the return of Honda, BMW and Toyota as these regs will allow them to show off thier technology. Only Ferrari and to a lesser extent Mclaren have a vested interest in large V8's. The teams that replaced the Honda/BMW/Toyota have been a bad joke. We badly need need these teams to return.
I wish Pollock a happy return to F1. I'm not sure anyone can call him a failure after all the team he founded is still going strong and he will have made some good money out of his start up.


May 05, 2011 2:20 PM

Independent engine suppliers are most welcome too, F1 was dominated by manufacturers a while back and I don't think that turned out too great. With independent teams and independent engine suppliers there are greater opportunities for someone to challenge from the back, without the support of a manufacturer. There are only so many manufacturers involved these days and those who remain do not wish to see their factory efforts get beaten by a team with consumer engines. This has created a hierarchy of first and second tier teams and the sooner we can get away from that the better I reckon.

RD350LC - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 2:31 PM

Err No! THESE new engine regs are not needed
What is needed is regs that allow for variety & development, so say a fixed displacement but a free hand on configuration
All the engines being the same layout & same displacement is a joke & we might as well have a spec engine that everyone has to use
As For the Teams with one notable exception car manufacturers as F1 teams don't work and have very little success
Whereas as engine suppliers they have had great susses

And as for Pollock he was a failure in F1 the team he founded only started to come on form well after he & JV were out of the equation
& Then started to go backwards again once a manufacture got hold of them


May 05, 2011 2:32 PM
Last Edited 1822 days ago

We have a different story downunder.

Craig Pollock and his respective partners have already
commenced building these engines with the first ready for Dyno Testing late 2011.

In order for him and they to do that they must have had a platform for the engine to respond so quickly together with respctive customers.

Richard the new engine Regs were ratified by the World Motor Sport Council in Dec 2010 and they are not likely to change their mind while Jean Todt is supporting the idea.

I have not read anywhere that Bernie is supporting Pollock.

Bernie is in a fight of his own with Ferrarri and their parent arm together with the Murdoch Corporation

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