Sahara Force India and Mercedes Benz long term powertrain supply deal
Sahara Force India has been making use o Mercedes Benz engines since 2009 and in order to make sure that they continue doing well in Formula 1 the team and Mercedes Benz have signed an agreement for long term powertrain supply. Signing of this agreement will see Sahara Force India making use of a full engine kit from Mercedes Benz which will include power unit, KERS, transmission and assorted other systems when 1.6L V6 turbo engine will be used for the 2014 F1 races.
Since the last five years, Mercedes has been supply Force India with power units and the agreement further strengthens the relationship between the two. Force India is doing well in the 2013 Formula One and currently is in fifth place in the constructors rankings after having earned 10 points after completion of the last two races.
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director of Sahara Force India said, “Our new agreement with Mercedes-Benz for the coming years is the most significant in the history of Sahara Force India. With new powertrain regulations being introduced next year, I can’t think of a better partner to work with as Formula One enters a new and exciting era. The agreement gives us the long-term stability we require and will enable us to continue our journey towards the front of the Formula One grid.”
Toto Wolf, Executive Director of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS said, “It is a significant milestone to announce our first long-term agreement for powertrain supply under the 2014 regulations. Sahara Force India was our first genuine customer in Formula One back in 2009 and we are delighted to enter an expanded, long-term relationship with them from 2014 onwards. This long-term agreement offers excellent value in terms of the balance between price and performance. We hope it will mean Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India working together for the entire life cycle of the new powertrain generation.”