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Simon leaves FIA for PURE

FIA technical member Gilles Simon joins the PURE Corporation
Gilles Simon, the FIA's director of technical and powertrain, has left his role to join the PURE corporation as technical director.

Simon, who had previously enjoyed a long career with Ferrari prior to joining the governing body, will take up his new position from 1 August to help spearhead PURE's plans to produce F1 engines when new regulations come into play from the 2014 season.

“This appointment marks another key milestone in the development of PURE,” chief executive Craig Pollock said. “With Gilles Simon on board we have an exceptional and proven powertrain designer who has been instrumental in driving an environmentally friendly agenda into F1.”

Simon, who makes the move with the full backing of FIA president Jean Todt, said he was excited by the new challenge.

“Making F1 more environmentally friendly is a personal goal of mine,” he said. “The 2014 powertrain regulations mark the biggest change in this area of F1 for a generation. This opportunity to develop the PURE powertrain is a fantastic challenge and allows me to go to back to my passion - designing engines.”

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July 29, 2011 8:23 AM

"Making F1 more environmentally friendly is a personal goal of mine" since when F1 was about environmental friendly or about that? you wanna be like that go plant trees and leave f1 alone, all this fakes concerns about the planet make me sick, and i don't know what is going on in FIA but lately all they do is pushing on this line wonder whose agenda is this?


July 28, 2011 7:24 PM

We should be reading stories about secret engine projects that have been going on inside Volkswagen and what McLaren is going to do to match its philophical problem of selling road cars with its own engines and racing others with a power unit supplied by a rival car manufacturer. The team HAS to build its own F1 engines at some point or other. Could they do so with PURE? Or is it better to expand the partnership with Ricardo into the sport? Or bite the bullet and create an expensive in house engine division. . ? From Joe Saward f1 blog

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