At the moment, the American automobile giant Ford has no plans to return to Formula 1.
The main limiting factor for Ford in the current situation are the huge costs associated with performances in the Big Prizes. Moreover, not so long ago the current F1 manufacturers, namely Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari and Honda, have agreed that the modern era of hybrid power units with the V6 engines will last at least until the end of 2020.
At the same time, the new owner of F1 Liberty Media plans to make the sport more attractive that could potentially attract to the sport for new manufacturers.
The FIA hopes that the automobile manufacturers not participating in the modern F1, will be able to make a decision in the discussion of the new regulations on engines starting in 2021.
The last time Ford was involved in F1 in 2004 when its engines are used by team Jordan.
“Now we do not look in the direction F1, said in an interview AUTOSPORT.com Director of Ford Performance Dave Pericak. I can’t imagine that we will return in the near future.
Now participation in F1 has become too expensive. If you look at all the racing series in which we participate now, we can see the relationship between objectives in improving our tools and technology that we can transfer to road cars.”
In 2016 Ford is back in the program WEC and IMSA, immediately winning the “24 hours of Le Mans” in the category of GTE.
In addition, in the WRC manufacturer is team M-Sport. Ford also participates in the WRX.
“We use the track for testing and perfecting its own technology, which can translate to road cars – continued Pericak. And this plan still works: it concerns not only the GT but also other products.
The racing program helps us shape the image of Ford and to reach people with our engineering progress.”
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