Virgin on Monday announced a technical tie-up with its famous formula one rival McLaren.
The "long term" deal will see the struggling new-in-2010 team be able to use McLaren's "facilities, knowledge and capabilities" including test rigs, simulator, staff and wind tunnel.
Virgin will however remain powered by Cosworth engines.
The team also announced that it has bought the F1 arm of its former technical partner Wirth, located in Banbury (UK).
"Pat Symonds has played a major part in determining (the team's) future technical direction and he will continue in this role going forward," said Virgin Racing.