For many years, Cosworth has been providing Formula One teams with high-performance engines and rumors have been floating around that it may pull out when the new F1 engine standards take hold in 2014. When Williams chose to drop Cosworth as its engine supplier in 2011 and switch to Renault, it looked like the nail had been firmly driven into Cosworth’s F1-racing coffin. Cosworth continued on with only two teams using its engines – Marussia and HRT – and its current owners have reportedly seen enough.

A report out of the UK-based newspaper, The Times, is stating that the famed engine builder’s owners have chosen to sell the company. According to the same report, Rolls-Royce is being tossed around as a potential suitor for the high-performance engine builder. The reason Rolls-Royce comes up is because Rolls is also one of Cosworth’s key customers in the aerospace side of its business. That would immediately give Rolls-Royce a leg up in the aerospace industry and net it a leg up in auto racing as a byproduct.

There are several other names floating around, like British aerospace company, GKN, but Rolls is certainly the front runner at this point. The fact that it can also benefit from the automotive engine technology could really push Rolls to up the ante and give Cosworth’s owners a fair bid. Whoever chooses to buy the automotive and aerospace company needs to work fast, as it will need to have an engine build and tested in time for the 2014 F1 season, if it hopes to compete.

We’ll keep an eye on how things shape up and let you know if any other bidders arise. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a Saab-like situation.


Source: The Times

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  (305) posted on 10.18.2012

you know what would be funny? a plane with one RR engine on one side and with a crosworth engine on the other side will it fly straight?

  (302) posted on 10.18.2012

looking for a new rolls with one hell of an engine!

  (312) posted on 10.18.2012

it’s a win-win situation. crosworth will still be around and rolls royce has a better position as an engine maker.

  (305) posted on 10.18.2012

crosworth is up for sle, rolls royce is up for buying! and that how business is done.

  (422) posted on 10.18.2012

i hope that, with the aid of rolls royce, the guys at crosworth will make an engine that will kick in the 2014 formula 1 season!

  (452) posted on 10.18.2012

hope we`ll still be seeing crosworth versions of several cars.

  (475) posted on 10.18.2012

and that’s how powerful corporations are made. by being attentive and seizing the moment. and that’s just what RR are doing!

  (509) posted on 10.18.2012

are we going to see new engines in the Rolls Royce next generation of cars?

  (542) posted on 10.18.2012

rolls royce have a history of making engines. this can only help them!

  (516) posted on 10.18.2012

it is a shame such legends go away. but then again, it’s survival of the fittest, right?

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