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FIA clarifies standard engine tender

Formula One manufacturers will still be able to build their own engines when standard power units are introduced from the start of 2010, the FIA has confirmed.

Motor racing's governing body announced on Friday that it will open the tender process for standard engines and transmissions to be used from 2010 to 2013.

A spokesman for the FIA confirmed that the plan now is for the FIA to amend F1's regulations, as further details of the plan were also announced.

The spokesman said: "The FIA intends to amend the regulations to require all F1 competitors to use a standardised engine.

"The provider will set out a detailed design and will either provide engines in full working order or the detailed designs to allow competitors to build their own standardised engine.

"Where competitors choose to build all or part of their standardized engine, the appointed provider will assist the FIA in ensuring all engines and parts have been built in accordance with the appropriate design and conforms to a performance output in a prescribed range."

The FIA's announcement about standard engines comes just a few days before Mosley meets with Formula One team principals to discuss cost cuts in the sport.

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