ISTANBUL May 4 Jacques Villeneuve's former
manager and team boss Craig Pollock announced plans on Wednesday
to return to Formula One at the helm of a new engine
manufacturer from 2013.
Engine rules are due to change dramatically that year, with
the governing FIA keen for the sport to ditch the existing V8s
and switch to 'greener' 1.6 litre four cylinder turbocharged
units that will use hybrid technologies.
The former BAR team principal told Reuters his PURE
Corporation expected to meet F1 teams at this month's Spanish
Grand Prix in Barcelona and hoped some would be interested in
what he was offering.
"The project has started up since the beginning of the year
and we are in a design and development stage at the moment but
we now have a good package that we can go forward and start
talking to teams," Pollock said in a telephone interview.
The 55-year-old Scot would not say how much money was being
invested in the project, or give other financial details, but
Canadian Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion with
Renault-powered Williams, is not involved.
French-based engine maker Mecachrome and TEOS powertrain
engineering are partners while former Renault Sport managing
director Christian Contzen is a consultant.
Contzen and Pollock first met when BAR used Supertec
engines, essentially Renault units by another name, in 1999.
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Boudy, an expert in four-cylinder
turbocharged engines after working with Renault in the 1970s and
1980s, will be a senior design engineer for TEOS while Robin
Southwell, CEO of aerospace company EADS UK, is the
Formula One now has four engine makers -- Ferrari, Mercedes,
Renault and privately-owned Cosworth -- who each supply three
"We welcome PURE to Formula One," International Automobile
Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt said in a PURE statement.
"The rule changes for 2013 have been developed to provide
lower cost, greener and more fuel efficient technologies for
Formula One. We wish PURE every success in developing
powertrains compliant with the new FIA regulations."
Pollock said PURE needed a couple of teams to sign up as
clients to be "truly viable" and would be disappointed if they
only got one although the business had other areas of interest.
"Formula One to us is one project but we have other projects
that we are working on in marine engines, aviation, helicopter
engines," he added.
"We are definitely looking to use Formula One as a test bed
to be able to take cleaner technology back into the mainstream."
Pollock said the aim was to get the first engine on the
testing bench before the end of this year.
"Our design team have actually been working on this since
the announcement on Dec. 10," he said. "We are very much down
the road, probably the same if not further ahead than the key
"We've had one thing to concentrate on, whereas they've had
quite a lot to concentrate on over and above that."
Pollock said the FIA, who are strongly backing the changes
in the face of opposition from Formula One's commercial supremo
Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari, had been aware of the project
only recently but were "hugely supportive".
(Editing by Tony Jimenez. To query or comment on this story