Jean Todt

Todt backs new engine supplier PURE’s 2013 plan

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

FIA president Jean Todt has endorsed Craig Pollock’s plans to bring new engine supplier PURE into F1 in 2013.

Todt said: “We welcome PURE to Formula One.

“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 F.I.A. regulations.”

Former BAR team principal Craig Pollock is behind the plans for PURE, which stands for Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d?Energie.

PURE is the first new engine supplier to announce it will build engines conforming to the 2013 rules, which require teams to produce 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engines.

The Swiss-based PURE claim F1 will be the “ultimate proving ground” for new engine technology.

A statement released today said: “The new regulations present an ideal opportunity for PURE to capitalise on Formula One?s status as a proving ground for new technology and demonstrate its expertise in high performance eco-friendly powertrains.”

Pollock said: “The vision for PURE is to be a leader in the development of the next generation powertrain technology which must respond to the demands for a cleaner environment.

“The 2013 Formula One powertrain regulation changes offer PURE an immediate platform to field test and validate future technologies for implementation in other industries. We have assembled an expert team, the finest technology partners and have received positive encouragement from the F.I.A.”

Several former Renault employees are involved in the project.

Christian Contzen was managing director of Renault Sport during their championship-winning years with Williams and, later, Benetton.

Jean-Pierre Boudy, who works as a senior design engineer for PURE’s technology partner TEOS Powertrain Engineering, worked on Renault’s first F1 turbo engine which made its debut in 1977.

He later ran their research and development department, before joining Jean Todt at Peugeot to develop the V10 engine which powered Peugeot’s Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars in 1992 and 1993.

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