Engine tuner Cosworth finds itself at the centre of a tug-of-love battle
between rival manufacturers Ford and Volkswagen with the sale of owner
Vickers imminent.


Although there is some doubt whether VW's ?430 million bid for Vickers and
Rolls-Royce includes the purchase of Cosworth, it is known that the German
company has considered the motorsport implications of such an acquisition.
Ford, on the other hand, is anxious to preserve its long standing
relationship with the Northants company, and may seek to buy Cosworth from
Vickers independent of the Rolls-Royce sale.


BMW, which looked likely to secure Vickers before VW increased its bid, has
stated that it has no interest in buying Cosworth.

 

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