Changes at Cosworth

Engine builder Cosworth Racing, part of Ford's Premier Performance Division, has undergone a major reshuffle of its senior management. The changes were instigated by PPD boss Tony Purnell after a five-month study of the company, which supplies engines to Jaguar, Jordan and Minardi in F1, as well as providing a spec-engine to the Champ Car World Series

Changes at Cosworth

The most significant change sees Tim Routsis, formerly the managing director of the Pi Group, another PPD company, take over at the head of Cosworth. He replaces the previous joint-MDs Brendan Connor, who has left the company, and Nick Hayes, who becomes Cosworth's technical director.

"The strategy of having two managing directors at Cosworth Racing, Brendan operationally and Nick from an engineering perspective, did not work and they both recognised that fact," said Purnell. "The work that Brendan carried out while he was at Cosworth did a lot of good and the company is stronger as a result of that work.


"Nick led the company through five years of producing successful Formula One engines. However, the company possibly suffered for diverting his focus from the F1 programme, in particular, across other duties. We have chosen to turn back the clock on that."


As well as a new MD, Cosworth gains a new head of manufacturing, with Dr Adrian Chambers moving over from a similar role at Jaguar Racing. Martin Stephenson moved across from the Pi Group as finance director, with his predecessor Graeme Hughes moving in the other direction.


"Cosworth has a long tradition of being the absolute best in terms of mechanical engineering achievement," said Purnell. "The new appointments are in line with this tradition, and are the start of a road map to keep the Company at the forefront in its field."

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