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Rory Byrne working on 2014 Ferrari

With the paint barely dry on the F138 - Ferrari's contender for the 2013 F1 world championship - former chief designer Rory Byrne is already looking ahead to next year's car.
Ferrari rolled out their new F138 on Friday morning at Maranello, and in attendance at the launch event was the team's legendary former chief designer Rory Byrne.

Byrne spoke to German motorsports newspaper Auto Motor und Sport at the event and revealed that he was "working full steam" on Ferrari's 2014 challenger, which will be a very different car from this year's model.

That's because the lack of any major rule changes since last season means that the F138 is a relatively minor evolution on last year's F2012, whereas a whole new technical specification for cars and engines comes into effect in 2014.

"It's a nice car,” Bryne said of the new F138, before adding: "But it's all child's play compared to what awaits us in 2014!"

"The 2014 car will be very different," Ferrari's technical director Pat Fry agreed. "Aerodynamically the exhaust effect is changed with the turbo and exhaust positions being different, the front wing development will be new, while the rear wing constitutes another major change."

Meanwhile Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo remains unhappy with the decision to force teams to switch from V8 to V6 technology next season.

"A V6 engine is not part of the Ferrari tradition. I continue to maintain, for economic, musical and power reasons that it would be better to stick with eight cylinders," he told journalists on Friday. "But the decision has been taken to build the V6 and if next year, there will be modifications that are in the best interests of F1, then I will even be pleased to see this engine at work."

The news that the South African-born Rory Byrne is inputting into the 2014 car confirms that his position as a design and development consultant with the team is still ongoing.

Byrne exited the team as its full-time chief designer at the end of the 2006 season when he decided to retire and scale down his working commitments after a decade at Maranello.

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Buck Bundy

February 03, 2013 1:26 PM

Why, Danny Don, is this not news? Yes, every team is beavering away on next year's car, but not every team has a Rory Byrne doing it. This shows how seriously Ferrari are taking it, dragging him out of retirement. They've been pretty much on the wane since he left.

Burly Chassis - Unregistered

February 05, 2013 3:34 AM

Surprised to see Luca di Montezemolo's assertion that "a V6 engine is not part of Ferrari tradition". Sure, it's not the most enormous part of Ferrari tradition, but it's still most definitely a part. The first engine in the long line of Ferrari motors to be called a Dino was a V6, and you surely can't be more a part of Ferrari tradition than being an engine called a Dino - and at the head of that tradition too. And that's not all - the Dino V6 was the engine in the back of the legendary Sharknose 156 which took Phil Hill to the world title (and took the scuderia to its first constructors' title) in 1961.

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