• Oct 3, 2009
McLaren's Formula One cars have been powered by Mercedes-Benz engines since 1995, but that could soon come to an end. The relationship between Daimler and McLaren has become increasingly strained over the past two years, following the Spygate scandal and the automaker's decision to have AMG build the SLS.

With BMW withdrawing from Formula One at the close of this season, the hot rumor in the paddock at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend is that McLaren chairman Ron Dennis is considering scooping up rival BMW F1's engine-building operations. Mercedes supplies engines to the this year's likely champions, the Brawn team, and a split with McLaren would allow MB to concentrate its efforts there.

McLaren's Middle Eastern investors reportedly support the move, which would allow the team to join Ferrari, Renault (if the French team remains in F1) and Toyota in building its own chassis and engine. Apparently, BMW's deal to sell the Sauber F1 team doesn't include the engine operation in Munich, leaving McLaren free to make its move.

[Source: F1-Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      P.S. Nice to see somebody at Autoblog making an effort in regards to F1.........

      Qualifying for the Japanese GP ended about 16 hours ago by the way ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The McLaren F1 had the greatest engine (imho) ever conceived- The BMW M 6.1L V12. I think it would be cool to see a connection again. The fact that the MP4-12C is using a McLaren derived engine is a good indicator things aren't going so well with MB. Before announced, it was widely reported the car would get the 6.2 V8 made by AMG...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last McLaren with a BMW engine at the back turns out to be one of the greatest car ever built... will it be the same story with the F1 team?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I sure hope that will be the case if it goes through...race in 3.5hrs whos stayin up tonight? :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow thats some news for the next season
      but I dont think mercedes gave them any reason on performance and reliabilty front for last and this season.....in fact I think its one of the imp reason behind brawns and FI shining
        • 5 Years Ago
        isnt the Mercedes-Ilmor engine supposed to be pretty good?

        In any case, McLaren really wants to break free from Mercedes/AMG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything I have read this year says that the Merc engine is the best in F1 right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes good sense. With manufacture teams jumping in and out on a whim, this is a long term business and stability decision. It also frees the team up to do what they want instead of having to hire somebody Norbert Haug wants them to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW won't sell, they build their M car engines "right there alongside" [/sarcasm]