Aston Martin could be associated with the legendary race and engineering company Cosworth to co-develop an engine for Formula 1.
The CEO of the company, Andy Palmer has already expressed its interest in the production of a power train for Red Bull Racing (photo below), of which Aston Martin is the sponsor, and now Cosworth propulsion systems chief Bruce Wood has revealed his intention to participate.
“We’ve done a lot of work with the Aston for many years, we are working very closely with Red Bull and the team for the Valkyrie [hypercar], so that there is a certain logic,” Wood told Autosport. “They [Aston Martin] also do not aspire to design everything themselves, so there is a natural fit there, and undoubtedly that is where some of those discussions are happening.”
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Aston Martin has refrained from making comments about the possibility of a Cosworth tie, but a company spokesman told Autocar that the brand was open to the engineering association. It is waiting for the 2021 F1 regulations to be confirmed before taking any decision.
The new rules, expected to see drastic changes in the hybrid propulsion systems, in an attempt to reduce the costs of development, need to be revealed in the second half of this year. At this stage, it seems likely that the current 1.6-litre V6 engines are maintained, but that will have a high rev limit and be coupled to a hybrid system that is much simpler than those fitted to today’s runners.
Cosworth has been working with Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing on the development of the Valkyrie hypercar (top). The road car’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12, which is claimed to produce 900bhp, it is said that some of the technicians in respect to their last F1 engine, a 2.4-liter V8 that raced in the Marussia MR02.
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Cosworth is one of Formula 1’s most successful engine builders, with 176 victories to his name. Only Ferrari has put in front of him with 230 wins. Aston Martin’s links with the sport are scarce; competed from 1958 to 1960, but the program was halted after they failed to mount any serious challenge.
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