The decision to link up with Cosworth is a continuation of the ongoing evolution of the Leafield team. Since 1996, when Tom Walkinshaw bought into Arrows, the team has been steadily consolidating its position. Walkinshaw took full control of the company in 1999 and, since then, has continued to build Arrows into the strong team it is today. The new millennium was a turning point for the team with title sponsorship from Orange and strengthening of the technical and marketing teams.
This year has already seen the purchase of the DERA wind tunnel in Bedford, the signing of highly regarded aerodynamicist Nicolo Petrucci, the re-signing of Jos Verstappen and a 30 per cent increase in personnel. The new partnership with the Premier Performance Division is further indication of the team's intention to compete at the front in Formula One.
Cosworth engines are used in all major race and rally categories worldwide. With experience panning over four decades, Cosworth Racing has established an enviable reputation for the design and precision engineering of high-performance race, rally and road car winning engines. Committed to the cause of engineering excellence, its innovation in the design of engine technology has revolutionised modern powerplant engineering. The continuous quest for engineering ultimates has seen Cosworth keep its place at the forefront of research, development and production.
For Pi Research, it is the first time they have supplied a complete car electronic package to another F1 team other than Jaguar Racing. In addition, OrangeArrows will be running the same 2002 specification Pi-VCS (Vehicle Control System) as Jaguar Racing.
Pi-VCS integrates engine, clutch, gearbox, and differential controls as well as comprehensive monitoring and telemetry systems. OrangeArrows are long standing customers of Pi Research and are already running Pi controls and data logging. From 2002, OrangeArrows will join Jaguar Racing and the BMW WilliamsF1 Team in running the sophisticated 'Pi Digital Broadcast' radio telemetry system.
Cosworth CR-3 engine specification
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Cast aluminium alloy block and heads, forged aluminium pistons, steel crankshaft construction
97kg (including ballast)
Dimensions: length: 569mm; width: 490mm; height (incl. airbox): 490mm