Jordan to split with Mugen-Honda?

Jordan is considering parting company with engine supplier Mugen-Honda

Jordan to split with Mugen-Honda?

The team's engine choice is a key element in Heinz-Harald Frentzen's current deliberations as he considers a big money offer from Jaguar.

Jordan is looking to align itself with a major engine manufacturer as part of its long term objectives of battling McLaren and Ferrari for the world championship.

It is thought to have a range of options including at least three current Formula 1 engines and two others outside it.

Jordan is unhappy at having to play second fiddle to BAR who get the "works" Honda V10s despite the team being less competitive.

There has been speculation that if Jacques Villeneuve leaves BAR, Honda might be persuaded to share its power plant with Jordan.

"The situation is very clear," said team boss Eddie Jordan in Montreal. "To have a realistic chance of winning a world title you need a major manufacturer."

"We are talking to a number of manufacturers and Mugen are aware of that. We are very open with them.

"We have had a lot of success with them; winning races last year and the year before.

"The indications with new people [engine suppliers] coming in, is that the way forward is with a major manufacturer.

"We have discussed it with Mugen and Honda."

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