Rumor: Aston Martin considers building its own F1 engine (Update)
“We’re quite serious,” Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll told Reuters in a video call when asked about the possibility of Aston using their own engine when the rules change in four years’ time.
“Aramco and I are discussing doing our own production engine for 2026, the rules do change… so we have a team of people currently studying the opportunity.”
Aston Martin technical head Andrew Green told reporters last month that it was normal to explore all possibilities: “With our ambitions, we’re definitely investigating our power unit supply in the long term.
“We have Aramco now involved as a sponsor…I’m sure we’ll be looking at it in great detail and understanding whether there’s a benefit to us in that direction.”
Do they really think they can produce an engine more powerful than the one Mercedes supplies them?
March 3, 2022
Aston Martin is considering developing its own Formula 1 power unit for 2026 to coincide with revised engine regulations.
The team currently utilizes a Mercedes unit, as well as its gearbox and rear suspension, but Aston Martin Technical Director Andrew Green (shown above) has hinted that a shift to engine independence may be on the cards.
“I think going forward with our ambitions, we’re definitely investigating our power unit supply in the long-term,” Green said at the launch of the AMR22
“2026 is mooted as a new power unit regulation and I think, as a team, we’d love to be involved.
“We have Aramco now involved as a sponsor and I think conversations going forward in the next few years… we’ll see.
“For sure we’ll be looking at it in great detail and understanding whether there is a benefit to it in that direction.”
The potential power unit project would be a continuation of Lawrence Stroll’s heavy investment in the Silverstone-based team – construction is advanced on a new factory including a wind tunnel and simulation.