Big changes happening at Force India. Last week Colin Kolles and Mike Gascoyne parted ways with the Silverstone based team. Vijay Mallya took over the job of team principal. The team also ended their engine deal with Ferrari. Today came the expected announcement of new technical parnerships with McLaren and Mercedes:
Force India Formula One Team is pleased to announce a major new partnership that will propel the team forward for the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship and beyond; a ground-breaking technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies (which is a company wholly owned by the McLaren Group) and with Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines.
In a unique long term deal, the Force India Formula One Team VJM02 cars will be powered by engines designed and built by Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, the first time that the legendary manufacturer has supplied another chassis constructor other than McLaren. Additionally, Force India will have access to the McLaren Group’s network of bespoke suppliers that has supported this year’s World Championship victory.
McLaren Applied Technologies will additionally supply the Force India Formula One Team cars with McLaren Racing gearboxes and hydraulic systems and will provide operational support to ensure Force India functions at its highest possible level.
The Force India Formula One Team also plans to fit its cars with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that is currently being developed by Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines and McLaren Racing (which is also a company wholly owned by the McLaren Group).
Force India F1 also plans to expand its computational fluid dynamics capability of its Brackley Aero Centre facility. This will be in cooperation with another technical partner – aerospace company EADS (known mainly for the Airbus aircrafts).
For Sutil’s and Fisichella’s sake let’s hope that the aircraft people realize that the wings on F1 cars have a bit different purpose than those on the commercial aircrafts .
Photos: Force India F1/Sutton
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