Historic Formula One parters to be reunited
The Williams team have confirmed they will use Cosworth V8s next season after signing a wide-ranging partnership agreement with the world-famous engine builders.
Williams have been considering engine options since current partners BMW announced their purchase of Sauber. The new deal will see the team and Cosworth collaborating not just on the engine, but on the forthcoming FW28s entire drivetrain package, including transmission, electronics, software and installation architecture.
Williams used Cosworths legendary DFV V8 - still the most the successful engine in Formula One history - back in the 1970s and 80s and the Northamptonshire-based company is already well advanced in the development of its 2006 unit, which has routinely exceeded 20,000 rpm during dyno testing.
"Cosworth is a leading global authority on V8 engine technology, said team boss Frank Williams. Next year is a brand new start for all concerned given 16 years of V10 engines. Some teams and manufacturers have absolutely no experience of V8s while others enjoy only limited experience. Cosworth, however, have excelled both historically, as well as in contemporary V8-powered international motorsport. The evidence of Cosworth's V8 progress we have seen so far validates completely the expectation we have of enjoying a class-leading package given next season's engine rule changes."
Tim Routsis, Cosworth's CEO commented: "Our experience and track record with V8 engines is unrivalled and we are naturally delighted to be alongside one of the most uncompromising and pure-spirited teams in Formula One. We have been working on the development of next year's V8 since April 2004 and right from the onset, our performance targets have been set very aggressively. We are confident that our blue-chip partnership with WilliamsF1 can augment the record of winning the championship every decade since the 1960s. We have developed the 2006 Cosworth V8-CA engine with nothing but front-running success in mind for both the near and long-term. The involvement of Cosworth's sister company, Pi, has been instrumental in achieving this outcome."
Patrick Head, Williams Director of Engineering, added: "Williams has made this partnership decision purely on technical merit. Among the range of options we considered, Cosworth are very well advanced with existing development and are committed to taking the potential of this collaboration further. Our engineers have already reflected on the very productive and highly motivated nature of the relationship between our two organisations. We speak the same racing language and both have something to prove next year and there can be no greater motivation to succeed."
Cosworth currently power the Minardi and Red Bull teams, with the latter due to switch to Ferrari customer engines in 2006.