Aston Martin could partner with Cosworth to develop an F1 engine
Aston Martin is currently Red Bull Racing's title sponsor
Aston Martin, Cosworth and Red Bull Racing have worked to produce the Valkyrie
Cosworth last supplied an F1 engine in 2013, where it raced in the Marussia MR02
Company CEO Andy Palmer has already voiced his interest in producing a powertrain for Red Bull Racing (pictured below), of which Aston Martin is title sponsor, and now Cosworth powertrains boss Bruce Wood has revealed his intent on getting involved.
“We've done a lot of work with Aston for many years, we're working very closely with Red Bull and the team for the Valkyrie [hypercar], so there's a certain logic to it,” Wood told Autosport. "They [Aston Martin] also don't aspire to designing it all themselves, so there's a natural fit there and certainly that's where some of those discussions are happening.”
Aston Martin has refrained from commenting on the prospect of a Cosworth tie-up, but a company spokesman told Autocar that the brand was open to an engineering partnership. It is waiting for the 2021 F1 regulations to be confirmed before making any decisions.
The new rules, which are expected to see drastic changes to the hybrid powertrains in a bid to reduce development costs, are due to be revealed in the second half of this year. At this stage, it looks likely that the current 1.6-litre V6 engines will be retained, but they’ll have a raised rev limit and be mated to a hybrid system that’s far simpler than those fitted to today’s racers.
Cosworth has been working with Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing in the development of the Valkyrie hypercar (above). The road car’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12, which is claimed to produce 900bhp, is said to have some technical relation to Cosworth’s last F1 engine, a 2.4-litre V8 that raced in the Marussia MR02.
Cosworth is one of Formula 1’s most successful engine builders, with 176 wins to its name. Only Ferrari ranks ahead of it with 230 wins. Aston Martin’s links with the sport are slim; it competed from 1958 to 1960 but the programme was cut short after it failed to mount any serious challenge.