JUNE 19, 2000
Benetton to use Renault engines in 2001
THE Benetton team currently uses V10 engines which were designed by Renault Sport but are marketed by Supertec for Mecachrome under the Playlife banner.
A large number of the Renault Sport staff have been working at Mecachrome and Supertec in the last couple of years and these engineers are expected to return to Renault full-time in 2001. It remains to be seen what happens next season with the second Supertec supply which is currently being used by Arrows. It may be that the old engines will continue to be supplied by Mecachrome to Arrows although Tom Walkinshaw is believed to be looking elsewhere for an engine as the 2000 units are not likely to be very competitive in 2001. The team has been linked to a variety of different deals, notably Honda, Toyota and the current Peugeot engines which are expected to be used next year with different badging