The FIA has wasted no time in pushing ahead with its plans to have an alternative engine on the grid in 2017, and to that end has already issued a formal call for expressions of interest on its website.
It had been thought that there would be more discussions before the FIA set the process in motion. Although no details are given, as previously noted the plan is for a single manufacturer to earn the right to supply a 2.2-litre twin turbo V6. A deadline of November 23rd has been put in place.
The FIA said it “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.”
Candidates have to supply a detailed dossier regarding the suitability and experience. Intriguingly the detailed requirements state that the “the candidate declares to be entirely independent of a major car manufacturer.”
The FIA notes that after an assessment 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.”