Mecachrome’s troubles

Given the recent engine failures, blow-outs and other mishaps, it seems likely that builder Mecachrome is not in conditions to continue supplying engines for a top-tier category such as GP2.

(c) GP Update, Sutton images

(c) GP Update, Sutton images

With cost-cutting measures in-place and Mecachrome’s extremely precarious financial situation, the on-track performance of these engines is suffering, destroying with it the dreams and opportunities of many drivers.  The recent cylinder failures due to “the rain” at Monza is clearly an excuse for the total lack of maintenance and upkeep.

Even teams such as Barwa Addax – believed by many to be favored due to Alejandro Agag’s close association to Flavio Briatore – have suffrered the disastrous performance of Mecachrome with consecutive engine failures for title contender Vitaly Petrov.  Agag himself even threatened to pull his cars from the grid if the new engine he had purchased kept failing – as happened in Valencia and Spa.

The question for GP2 organizers is if Mecachrome is in condition to continue supplying the category, or if it’s time to find another – more stable and reliable – manufacturer to step in.  Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Fiat/Alfa Romeo come to mind.


9 Responses to Mecachrome’s troubles

  1. Francois says:

    Please no Mercedes look what happen in F3Euros series ! !

    Mercedes is the worst because they always have choosen the winner ! !

  2. I think Volkswagen would be a nice alternative.

  3. Fletcher says:

    How about Cosworth-Zytec.

    • gp2 insider says:

      Let’s see how they do in F1 first. Zytek has a good track record in F3000 and would be a strong choice that most team principals would surely get behind. Not sure how they fare in the politics match, though, since they were a supplier to A1GP.

  4. sauber11 says:

    Maybe adding extra 25 h.p. was wrong idea , because i dont remember engine failures before doing it. Reducing horsepowers or increasing engine displacement might help more than changing manufacter.

    • gp2 insider says:

      Not a bad theory, though GP2 cannot afford to reduce HP again from an image standpoint. I truly think it is due to Mecachrome and their engine build quality and materials at this point.

  5. Nick says:

    An english engine supplier could be a very dangerous and too expensive solution! Do you remember F.3000 of 90’s ?


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