Mercedes-Benz head of development Thomas Weber has confirmed that the German manufacturer has a plan in place to make greater use of its Formula 1 engine development facility in the UK for road car projects.
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, the facility in Brixworth that is responsible for the hybrid 1.6-litre V6 powerplants used by the Mercedes F1 squad, has potential to take on new work now that the intensive development of the racing units has ended.
Asked by Autocar whether he could foresee Brixworth taking on more road car development work, Weber said: “That’s already decided. Especially in combination with AMG there are some new ideas of what we can do together.
“Following the introduction of the new powertrains, Formula 1 is now in a period where technical development is frozen. Normally we would have to look at reducing workforce in line with this cycle. It is necessary because we have to reduce spending.
“Now with this really qualified team of engineers [at Brixworth], I have some ideas to do some of the advanced engineering studies and advanced development activities, and maybe also production of high-end models. The reason we can play this card is because Brixworth boss Andy Cowell reports direct to me."