One of F1’s Greatest Engine Builders are Planning a Return to the Sport. Cosworth has been out of F1 since 2013, but reportedly, it could come back in 2021. From 1968 until 1981, English company Cosworth’s Ford-branded DFV V8 (Shown Below) dominated Formula One, powering 155 Grand Prix victories. Cosworth left the sport after 2013, but with new engine regulations set to take effect, it could return. Motorsport.com reports that Cosworth hasn’t finalized its return to F1, but things look positive as they recently took part in an engine rules meeting to discuss where F1 goes after 2020.
Hal Reisiger, Cosworth’s CEO, has confirmed that optimism about where the rules are heading, plus some positive talks with F1 teams, has left him convinced enough to start committing resources to an F1 project.” I think that we’ve got sufficient support from the existing teams, and we’ve had discussions with some, that enable us to make the commitment to proceed,” Reisiger said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com. “More teams committed for a longer term, is always better. But we have some verbal agreements to partner with some existing and future teams that would enable us to be a sustainable engine partner.” “If F1 wants a new engine supplier for 2021 there will have to be some changes on that front. We have been invited to participate in the working committees which we are happy to do, so we are engaged in the process and looking forward to it.”
When asked if he felt Cosworth had the infrastructure to deliver an engine that could take on manufacturers like Mercedes and Ferrari, Reisiger said: “Yes! It is important not only for the teams that we would serve, but for our own brand that we should not get involved in it if we cannot be competitive. “We have a great historic brand, we want to protect our brand as much as we want to help people win races, but we do think we can do it.”
Reisiger said no decision needed to be made until next year, but if a 2021 comeback was going to happen then it would need to start designing the power unit in 12 months’ time. “We would typically start in 2018. I know there is some discussion about moving it ahead by a year, and that would mean working really soon.” I think one of our unique capabilities is on the LMP1 engine, we went from concept to dyno in 11 months. We happen to be very nimble when it comes to that type of capability. I don’t know there are that many companies that can move that fast, but we have that.”
Aston Martin – Red Bull – Cosworth
It is predicted that the company may tie up with Red Bull, with the help of its relationship with Aston martin. With Cosworth providing the engine for Aston Martin’s Adrian Newly designed Valkyrie car, there is already speculation that Red Bull would make an obvious long-term partner.