BMW engine forging ahead

BMW engine forging ahead

BMW Motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen has revealed that the 2003 P83 V10 engine is already six weeks ahead of schedule compared to last year. Williams' engine partner has already track tested the P83 and have so many test engines on the...

BMW Motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen has revealed that the 2003 P83 V10 engine is already six weeks ahead of schedule compared to last year. Williams' engine partner has already track tested the P83 and have so many test engines on the benches that Theissen has lost count.

"With the new engine we're already six weeks ahead of the schedule compared to our programme in 2001," he said. "Honestly speaking, I don't know by heart how many engines we've got running on the test stands."

Ralf Schumacher, Gerhard Berger and Mario Theissen.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
This year's BMW unit was regarded as probably the most powerful engine of the field and at the Italian Grand Prix a new development spec engine broke the 19,000rpm barrier for the first time. Theissen is happy with this year's progress but the rev count of the P83 will not go any higher; nor does he think anyone else will break the 20,000rpm limit before the one-engine-per-weekend rule comes into effect in two years time.

"Generally speaking I'm satisfied with the season, primarily as far as the progress regarding revs and performance is concerned," he remarked. "We've always gone to the limit with the engine; we've made full use of its potential."

"There will be further progress with the P83, but the curve will go down. I cannot imagine that anyone is going to achieve over 20,000 revs before they are going to decrease again due to the new engine regulations for 2004."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Gerhard Berger , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams