Jolle wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:48 pm
AtlasZX wrote: ↑
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theriusDR3 wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:28 am
McLaren F1 Team raced in Formula 1 since 1966 until present but ironically McLaren never intend to build its' own in-house F1 engines like Scuderia Ferrari did.
Please tell me the real reasons!
Alfa Romeo (Stellantis) is a huge corporation with all the abilities to develop an F1 engine for Sauber, still, they preferred to run with customer Ferrari Power Units bcs developing a P.U. is super-expensive and ofter took years to develop a competitive one.
McLaren is a way smaller company compared to Stellantis.
Although since a couple of years Ferrari is not directly part of the group where Alfa is part of, they are still both (or all) controlled by the Angelli family in the Exor NV group.
There is little point in spending a ton of money on building an Alfa Romeo power unit when you've got a Ferrari Power Unit fully developed and available. It's more about promoting the Alfa brand in F1 than it being about Alfa being a PU manufacturer.
McLaren could develop a power unit inhouse, but what would be the point ? They are better off with a PU supply deal with Mercedes at this point in time and when the PU regulations change ? Try to secure a works deal with a new manufacturer that might be entering the sport. As for Ferrari ? It's a lot older than McLaren and evolved from Enzo Ferrari producing racing cars for gentlemen into the beast it is today. McLaren has been since it's inception a racing team above all else, the only reason McLaren has turned into a luxury sports car manufacturer was due to Ron Dennis ambition. Did that extend to building it's own engines for F1 ? No. Hence the Honda deal.