Helmut Marko, Red Bull F1 Motorsports Advisor, said bringing Honda’s F1 motor program to Milton Keynes would not be a “significant cost increase” compared to regular customer contracts.
At a virtual meeting of the F1 committee on Thursday 11 February, F1 Team unanimously agreed to freeze the development of the F1 engine from 2022 to the end of 2024.
This decision was a condition for Red Bull to take over Honda’s F1 engine program. Red Bull could not afford to invest the costs associated with the development war between F1 suppliers of power units.
“Good news not only for us, but for F1 as a whole,” said Helmut Marko of Red Bull F1. Motorsport-Magazin.com Told against.
“Reduce costs significantly”
The agreement to freeze the development of the F1 engine is a green light for Red Bull to promote the F1 engine program in 2022, and the new division for power units will be housed in an existing building on the site of the factory Milton Keynes.
“It’s time everything happened … it’s just the beginning,” commented Helmut Marko.
“As of today, preparations are underway to establish a new company in Milton Keynes called” Red Bull Powertrains. “
“Building number 8, one of the existing buildings, will be converted into a motor shop.”
Red Bull F1 relies on AVL, an Austrian specialist propulsion system, one of its former project partners, to provide some of the necessary hardware infrastructure and instrumentation, such as test beds.
Helmut Marko said setting up his own building for Red Bull’s F1 engine business is a better option than taking over the nearby Honda F1 facility. The Honda F1 facility houses only hybrid components of the power unit program, and internal combustion engine engineer is based in Sakura, Japan.
Red Bull may not be able to afford to develop an F1 engine in the three years beginning in 2022, but Helmut Marko says the total cost of implementing an F1 engine program is equal to that of a normal customer for power.
“We’re crazy, but we can do a little bit of math and math,” Helmut Marko explained.
“It’s a one-time investment in a building, especially a test bench. But the running costs are not much higher than if you bought a motor somewhere. It’s more expensive, but it can be significantly higher. Absent.”
Red Bull will be able to recover part of its investment through a sponsorship deal to rebuild the F1 engine. Earlier, Red Bull entered Renault’s F1 engine with a TAG Heuer batch.
But for Red Bull, the main advantage of its own F1 engine program is improved power and chassis integration and optimization.
“We are currently working with chassis personnel to build the engine,” says Helmut Marko.
“It can be optimized from both sides. For example, if you got a Renault engine, you would be forced to design the chassis, radiators and other elements to match the architecture of that engine.”
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