MRF to assemble advanced F1 cars next year: Scouting for component suppliers
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
New Delhi: Tyre maker MRF plans to assemble an advanced high performance Formula 1 Car next year. The company is exploring potential partners to source various components, including the engine and braking systems.

MRF managing director Arun Mammen said that the company is looking to manufacture the car with a 2.0 litre engine and will have carbon fibre body. The car would be manufactured in Coimbatore and plans should be finalized in the next six months.

So far, MRF has built 20 Formula 1 cars in India with Ford Duratec 1.6 litre engines at its plant in Coimbatore, with a total investment of Rs 15 crore. The components are mostly imported. These cars have been tested in two championships in two years.

"We are talking to big players like Dallara Automobili for tying up to develop the car," he said, adding that partners would be finalised in the next six months.

MRF spends around Rs 40 crore every year in its motor sport initiatives.

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