• May 8, 2011
With BMW, Toyota and Honda long gone from an expanded grid, the 12 teams in the Formula One World Championship are powered by one of four engines: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Renault or Cosworth. The new turbo four formula that's set to come into effect for the 2013 championship, however, is geared towards attracting new manufacturers into the series. And according to reports, it has landed its first newcomer.

But the engine supplier in question isn't an automaker. Nor is it an established race engineering firm like Cosworth. It's an entirely new enterprise, set up by a former team principal and driver manager. Called PURE, the initiative is being led by Craig Pollock, who managed Jacques Villeneuve's career and ran the BAR-Honda team for a number of years. Pollock and his team are working on a completely new turbocharged four-cylinder engine design, and aims to have customer teams in place long before the new formula takes effect.

While PURE – which stands for Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d'Energie (we'll let you translate that one in your head) – is a new company, it's not exactly starting from scratch. For starters, the design team mapping out its specifications have all been working on Peugeot and Renault engines for F1 and Le Mans for decades. For another, the engines will be manufactured by a subsidiary of Mecachrome, the company that builds Renault's F1 engines – including the one that drove Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull to the championship last year – much as Ilmor does for Mercedes and Cosworth once did for Ford. In other words, they know what they're doing, and while the existing engine suppliers are still tending to their current V8s, the PURE program could get a leg up by focusing "purely" on the new turbo four.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      torqued
      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru fan boy here who wants to see an STI engine in a formula 1 car...
      Ahmed Salem
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would kill the sport
        Benno5693
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ahmed Salem
        What? PURE or T4's? And how exactly? The last time we had turbo 4's they had to ban them for being too fast! ;)
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Benno5693
          They DID have Turbo 4s as well, though mostly they were V6's with a turbo.
          Riccardo Sacchetto
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Benno5693
          The last time they had Turbo V8, V10 and V12, not Turbo 4. An Abarth 500 has a Turbo 4 and, sadly, it can't compete with a F1 car.
          takao obi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Benno5693
          in 1983 F1 Champion Nelson Piquet had a turbo I4 1.5 liter BMW engine in his car
        takao obi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ahmed Salem
        and why exactly ? the power output will be very similiar since they are limiting the fuel pressure and the reduction in maximum RPMs has very likely to do more with making engines last longer also all current engine manufacturers have a lot of expierence with 4cyl turbo racing engines (well with ferrari it's has been perhaps quite a few years now though) there won't be the super dangerous turbo beasts of the 80ties
      bluekurgan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, so you REALLY want to play in F1? Fine, then build your own chassis AND YOUR OWN engine. Too sad Ferrari is still the only one.
      bhtooefr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't even need to understand French to translate that. Universal energy recovery propulsion. (Zero points for guessing whether they're interested in KERS or not.)
      • 3 Years Ago
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