Italian car manufacturing giant Ferrari have brought back Rory Byrne, the Formula 1 design legend to work on the car they will be racing in 2014. Byrne, who is 69 was the chief designer on all of Michael Schumacher’s cars in which he won all seven of his world titles, five with Ferrari and two with Benetton. Ferrari explained that Byrne would be providing operational support to the rest of the design team. The biggest set of rule changes in decades are bring brought in next year by F1.
Ferrari have shown much determination
Current 2.4 litre V8 engines are being replaced by 1.6 litre turbos, chassis rules have been changed slightly to heal increase efficiency as well as energy recovery being a much larger factor in performance. Ferrari are definitely taking the project seriously and this is highlighted by Byrne’s new role, the company have a lot of determination with ensuring that no mistakes are made in their efforts to have a competitive car for 2014.
Rory Byrne’s achievements are the only ones that could be compared with Adrian Newey, of Red Bull, who is widely acclaimed and recognised as F1’s best designer over the past couple of decades. Both Newey and Byrne have remarkable records, from 1992 until 2004 every world championship was won by a car that was design led, by one of them.
Byrne retired from Ferrari in 2006 but kept on as a consultant
Byrne officially retired in 2006, though was kept on by Ferrari as a consultant and in more recent years has been working on an high performance road car, the Ferrari Enzo hypercar. After a so called shaky start, Byrne was called in to have a look at the 2012 F1 car, though this was said to be the first time since his retirement that he had any major roles in the design of a Ferrari F1.
Byrne told Auto Motor magazine, at the launch of this year’s F1 car, that he was working full steam ahead on the car for 2014. Byrne is said to have no official title and his presence within the design time does not change the usual Ferrari design structure. He has been described as an extra pair of eyes and hands for the Ferrari company.