Caterham extends Renault engine deal
22 September 2013 – Caterham has confirmed that it will stick with Renault engines and recovery systems until at least 2016, covering the early part of the turbocharged V6 powerplant era.
The Leafield-based outfit joined forces with the French manufacturer in 2011, having entered the sport the previous year – as Lotus Racing – with Cosworth engines.
A continuation of the partnership had been widely expected, with the Caterham brand itself and Renault's Alpine road car arm working together closely outside Formula 1.
"This announcement is very good news for our team and is a reflection of the deep bonds that have been created between our two businesses since 2011, particularly with the roadcar project we launched in 2012 between Caterham and Alpine, which is now at an advanced stage in development," said Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
The announcement leaves just Sauber and Lotus yet to officially confirm their engine plans. The Hinwil-based outfit is due to remain with Ferrari, while Eric Boullier's team will stay with Renault, when discussions over increased brand presence conclude.