FIA begins tender/search for alternative engine

The FIA has officially launched its alternative engine tender in what is sure to be the first salvo in the engine debate over a reduced-cost, alternative engine for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

At a cost of 20 million Pounds, the FIA and Formula One Management (FOM) are keen to provide an alternative consisting of an affordable engine supply that is competitive with the current 1.6 turbo hybrid power unit.

“The FIA has decided to launch a consultation among the engine manufacturers in order to potentially identify for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons of the aforementioned championship an exclusive alternative engine manufacturer which will be solely entitled to supply this alternative engine to the competitors entered for said seasons of the championship,”

“The FIA is now calling for expressions of interest to identify candidates interested in becoming the exclusive supplier of the alternative engine to the competitors.”

Responses must be submitted by November 23 and full financial health and long-term planning must be proven to the FIA to be considered a viable option.

Here is the full Tender request:

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and
the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations. It is a non‐profit making association and
brings together 236 national motoring and sporting organisations from 141 countries on 5
continents.

The FIA is the sole body governing international motor sport and is recognised by its members as the
sole authority having the sporting power with the right to organise international FIA championships,
including the FIA Formula One World Chamionship.

The FIA has decided to launch a consultation among the engine manufacturers in order to potentially
identify for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons of the aforementioned Championship an exclusive
alternative engine manufacturer which will be solely entitled to supply this alternative engine to the
competitors entered for said seasons of the Championship.

The FIA is now calling for expressions of interest to identify candidates interested in becoming the
exclusive supplier of the alternative engine to the competitors.

This call for expressions of interest is governed by French law.

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1. PROCESS

Candidates are invited to register a formal expression of interest with the FIA Legal Department
(legal@fia.com), before 5 pm CET on 23 November  2015, together with:
 Their full contact details,
 A complete dossier complying with the requirements stated hereinafter,
 A letter introducing their candidacy,
 The declaration appended (Appendix I) completed and signed,
 The technical specifications table completed. This document is available from the FIA
Technical Departement on request (please contact Fabrice Lom: flom@fia.com).

The letter of candidacy shall include information on:
 The name of the candidate;
 The name, title, phone number and e‐mail address of the contact person responsible for the
candidacy;
 The name of the person responsible for the alternative engine project on behalf of the
candidate;
 The experience of the candidate in managing the construction of engines:
 Project management expertise;
 Engineering expertise;
 Technical expertise;
 The industrial capacity of the candidate;
 Equipment /composite and machining capabilities;
 Premises;
 Human resources;
 Staff dedicated to the engine project,
 Staff supporting the engine project,
 Total staff of the company;
 The supply chain management;
 The financial and economic situation of the candidate;
 Provision of balance sheets and operating accounts of the past three years;
 A three year business plan regarding the alternative engine project;
 Evidence of the ability of the candidate to raise and maintain sufficient funding to
supply the alternative engine  and associated spare parts;
 A complete description of the alternative engine;
 Plan;
 Production schedule;
 Main sub‐contractors;
 Calendar and works to be carried out with regard to alternative engine maintenance;
 Proposal for client assistance at the circuit /track support it would offer, production
timeframes;
 Any other details the candidate considers as relevant for the assessment of such proposal.

In addition, the candidates shall confirm that they will supply an alternative engine in compliance
with the requirements referred to in the technical specifications table (available from the FIA
Technical Departement) by completing it.

The full or partial absence of the information requested above may be eliminatory.

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The candidates whose expression of interest meets the requirements stated in this document may be
entitled to participate in a tendering procedure the aim of which would be to identify an exclusive
supplier of the alternative engines to the competitors.
Any relevant information will be made available in due course.
2. MISCELLANEOUS
The FIA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to interrupt or make changes to this process at any
time.
Nothing in this process or any communication made by the FIA or its representatives or employees
shall constitute a contract between the FIA and any prospective candidate. The FIA shall be under no
obligation to accept any expression of interest submitted.

By submitting its expression of interest, each and every candidate consents to and agrees to be
bound by the conditions set forth herein.

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APPENDIX I
DECLARATION

(To be returned dated and signed with the letter of candidacy)
A. The candidate undertakes to respect the consultation procedure according to the present document
and its appendices.
B. The candidate declares not to be in a situation of cessation of payments, nor be subject to
safeguarding, receivership or liquidation proceedings, or any comparable proceedings under
applicable law.
C. The candidate declares to be entirely independent of a major car manufacturer.
D. The candidate declares to be up to date in its social security contributions and tax payments.
E. The candidate declares to be in full compliance with all legal and regulatory standards, and standards
of any other nature, regarding the production of the engines, the subject matter hereof, and in
particular with those regarding child labour, prison labour, minimum wages, non‐discrimination,
respect for the environment, etc.
F. The candidate further declares to ensure that the aforementioned standards are respected by all of
its sub‐contractors

Hat Tip: FIA

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Bacon Wrapped Sushi

What are the chances that this comes to pass? If Ferrari just vetoes it, it all means nothing right? I guess I just don’t understand how stuff gets passed because it seems the FIA has little to no power thanks to the teams having a vote.

Maybe on a race podcast could we get fake Charley Whiting to explain the rules system again?

Cult-of-Trajan

I think if the pressure is sufficient (and if we’re not there yet we’re damn close) then Our Supreme Leader (Mr. E) will find a way to pacify everyone & make it happen. Even the most vapor-brained idiot has to realize that the current situation is neither terribly exciting nor sustainable. I think the need for a sustainable F1 trumps everything else, even Ferrari.

Richard Bunce

“Chevy’s 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 IndyCar engine does carry the Bowtie logo and has heavy involvement from GM Racing, but it’s designed and built in England by Ilmor Engineering.”
http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/news/a7477/inside-indycar-engines-2014/

MIE

So how long before Craig Pollock starts talking about PURE again?