sounds very suss. just have a read the ITV-f1 article very interesting indeed. the mind boggles. bit of a worry cuz its sounds like there will be two different development programs going on at Cosworth whci would cost lots a mulha which goes against the grain that the big tossers in detroit want to CUT costs........
JORDAN PULL OFF FORD COUP
2002-08-18 12:00:00- ITV-f1.com
"Jordan have signed a shock three-year deal to run works Ford engines from 2003.
The team will be known as Jordan-Ford and the deal marks a superb coup for Eddie Jordan as his team will go head-to-head with the ‘works’ Ford F1 team Jaguar Racing.
Ford have always maintained that Jaguar would be the manufacturers main focus in F1 and the Blue Oval would not re-appear in grand prix racing as a brand in its own right. However, Jordan’s deal directly contradicts this and must call into question the future of the Jaguar F1 team.
According to Eddie Jordan the contracts for the deal were only signed on Saturday night
He said: "We are very proud that Jordan and Ford and Cosworth will be working together for the next three years or so.
"We worked with Cosworth as a customer in 1991 and we thought we would get a Ford participation in those early days, but maybe we were a bit too naive.
"Finally Ford and ourselves have eventually got together, which is fantastic. I think we should all rejoice a day when Ford publicly announce they are coming back into Formula 1."
Jordan maintain that there was never any chance that the team would be without a works engine deal for 2003.
"There was never a question of Jordan not getting a manufacturer," Jordan said. "It was either Honda or it was Ford. It was never Mugen and it was never directly a Cosworth deal. I mean, we would have stayed where we were – that is not the situation.
"What you see racing next year will be a Jordan-Ford. On that car will be blue ovals and the name of the engine is a Ford Cosworth RS, which is in line with Ford’s new range of cars coming out. It will be a new, evolved engine with its own dedicated technical people inside Cosworth, exclusive to Jordan. The engine type will be the RS1. In terms of the Cosworth contract, it is a partnership. It’s not signed with Jordan, it is signed Jordan with Ford."
Honda announced earlier that they were calling a halt to their engine supply deal with Jordan. Instead, the Japanese manufacturer will concentrate on supplying BAR exclusively.
The deal is a massive boost for Jordan as the Ford-Cosworth V10 is recognised as being one of the best engines in F1. The fact that the engines will be free will also allow Jordan to spend money on car development as well as keeping hold of the-highly talented, but expensive, Giancarlo Fisichella.
However, the deal is a massive blow to Jaguar Racing and its team boss Niki Lauda. As recently as Friday, Lauda admitted that Jordan could use Cosworth engines in 2003 - but denied that they would be badged as Fords.
"Cosworth, because of the Arrows situation, made (Jordan) an offer for Cosworth engines for a three-year contract," said Lauda. Now it's up to Eddie to decide between Honda and Cosworth.
"If he wants to dump his engine and go into the Cosworth engine or not, it's up to him. He has a proposal from Cosworth for a three-year engine deal."
It’s possible that the Jordan may have negotiated the deal with Ford’s management behind Niki Lauda’s back. If this is the case it could have major repercussions for Lauda’s future at Jaguar."