CHAMPCAR/CART: MG Rover to supply CART engines in 2003

MG Rover, in a partnership with Engine Developments Ltd., was announced today as CART's newest engine supplier. The engines will be branded as MG Xpower and the cars will carry the well-known MG octagon logo. MG Rover joins Toyota and Cosworth...

MG Rover, in a partnership with Engine Developments Ltd., was announced today as CART's newest engine supplier. The engines will be branded as MG Xpower and the cars will carry the well-known MG octagon logo.

MG Rover joins Toyota and Cosworth as suppliers committed to supplying engines for CART teams for the new 3.5 litre formula that begins in 2003. CART officials stated that there would perhaps be 4 or 5 manufacturers in total, although they admitted that no more announcements were anticipated before mid-June.

MG Rover's manager of motorsports, Brian Griffin, was asked whether this partnership indicated a return to the North American market for the MG brand. He replied that the MG Rover Group's board had not made the decision to enter the US market.

Engine Developments managing director, John Judd, said at today's announcement that the new engine would be available to as many as ten teams in the initial year.

In related news, CART's VP of Racing Operations, John Lopes, said that he expects the 2003 engine regulations to require that rev-limiters to be set to 11,200 for road course event. He also expressed his belief that the full 2003 CART chassis specifications would be finalized in the next week or two.

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