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Mercedes offered 'cheap engine' to rivals

2015-10-10 10:57

TOTO WOLFF: Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff offered a less powerful engine to rivals in 2014, but there were no takers. Image: AFP

Stuttgart, Germany - Mercedes had no takers when it offered a more affordable version of its title-winning power unit to potential customers in 2014.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims the German camp proposed to sell the unit, based on the championship-winning turbo V6, to customers for €10-million.

Cheaper units would have been slower

That is reportedly €7-million cheaper than what Lotus, Force India and Williams currently pay for the full-specification engine deal.

Team boss Toto Wolff said: "These units would have had fewer settings and the teams would have only needed two or maybe three per season."

Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe said the 'more affordable' Mercedes engine would have been "between three and four tenths" per lap slower than the full spec.

Wolff added: "Not a single team made an enquiry.  Nobody wanted to have this engine."

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