Briatore or Kalkhoven might buy Cosworth

The future of Cosworth Racing as an F1 engine supplier remains uncertain, despite optimism that it will be sold as a going concern. Insiders say a number of bidders have come forward with offers to buy the company, which supplies engines in Champ Cars, IRL IndyCar, Superbikes and a number of other series in addition to F1. Cosworth turns over £67 million per year, generating approximately half its income from F1. Speculation has linked Renault F1team principal Flavio Briatore with a buy-out, possibly with a view to becoming an F1 engine supplier to private teams. Other potential buyers remain interested in Cosworth’s non-F1 divisions. Kevin Kalkhoven, founder member of the Open Wheel Racing Series which runs Champ Car, admitted talks were continuing as to the future of Cosworth’s supply of the 2.65-litre V8 turbo XFE motors for next year and beyond. He said: “We have been in a lot of discussions with Cosworth regarding our engine supply over the next couple of years. But that’s as far as it has gone." Autosport Magazine [Editor's Note: We expect that whoever buys the Jaguar F1 team will get first crack at Cosworth. If they don't take it we suspect it might be split into two companies, one in Europe for F1 and one in the USA for the IRL (Chevy engine) and Champ Car.]

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