History of Mecachrome Motorsport
For more than 40 years, Mecachrome Motorsport have been involved at the forefront of engineering in the industry. From Formula 1, to endurance racing and junior formulae, Mecachrome continues to build on their motor-racing heritage, spreading into new areas, and pushing the limits of technology.
Mecachrome in Formula 1
Mecachrome Motorsport have been involved in Formula 1 for nearly 40 years. During the 1980s, they supported Renault with the machining and assembly of its engines, as well as preparing the 1.5L V6 Turbo for customer teams including Lotus and Ligier. In 1989, Williams also opted for the Mecachrome-assembled Renault engines, with the 3.5L and 3.0L V10s powering the British outfit and Benetton to six consecutive Formula 1 Teams’ Championship victories and five drivers’ titles in the 1990s.
Renault and Mecachrome’s partnership was rekindled in the 2000s, and they went on to win the “double-double” in 2005 and 2006 (Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships). Mecachrome-assembled engines most recently enjoyed success with Red Bull Racing, during their period of dominance between 2010 and 2013, in which they took four drivers’ and teams’ titles. To date, Mecachrome Motorsport-built engines have amassed more than 150 race wins and pole positions.
Mecachrome Motorsport-powered Formula One Drivers’ Championships
|Fernando Alonso||2005, 2006|
|Sebastian Vettel||2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
Mecachrome Motorsport-powered Formula One Constructors’ Championships
|Williams||1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997|
|Red Bull Racing||2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
FIA Formula 2/GP2 Series
Mecachrome came into the GP2 Series for its inaugural season in 2005, acting as the sole engine supplier for the Formula 1 feeder series.
Mecachrome’s 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8 (V8108) was selected in the tender to power the championship’s Dallara chassis between 2005 and 2017. Over the course of 13 seasons, the engines completed more than 2.3 million kms in competition.
For 2018, the V8 was replaced with an all-new turbo-charged V6 (V634 Turbo), bringing the category into line with technological developments, akin to those of F1.
In 2015, Mecachrome applied to supply a bespoke engine to the GP3 Series, for the 2016 season, through to the end of 2018.
Mecachrome’s 3.4-litre, naturally aspirated V6 (V634) was selected as the engine of choice for F1’s tertiary support category.
Since its introduction, Mecachrome has prepared and maintained the engines, with grids often featuring upwards of 25 cars.
Mecachrome Motorsport in endurance racing
Between 2007 and 2011, Mecachrome Motorsport worked with Peugeot Sport on developing a twin-turbocharged diesel engine for its 908 LMP1 car.
In partnership with the French auto-maker, Mecachrome completed some design and research work, before undertaking the machining of the V12 (2007-2010) and V8 (2011) engines.
Over five years of competition, 908’s using the diesel powerplants won the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2009), Le Mans Series (2007 & 2010), 12 Hours of Sebring (2010 & 2011) and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (2010 & 2011).