His to join Ferrari Maserati

Renault's director of engine development, Jean-Jacques His, will join the Ferrari Maserati group at the beginning of June to develop road engines. His joined Renault in 1973 and took over as the head of engines for Renault Sport in 1984. Renault...

Renault's director of engine development, Jean-Jacques His, will join the Ferrari Maserati group at the beginning of June to develop road engines. His joined Renault in 1973 and took over as the head of engines for Renault Sport in 1984. Renault announced his decision to leave the team earlier this month.

His cited differences of opinion with Renault as the reason for his leaving and was unhappy about the situation, claiming he didn't think the team was proceeding right way.

His is no stranger to Ferrari, having worked as head of engine development with the team in the late eighties. A statement from Maranello confirmed: "The Ferrari Maserati Group today announced that, effect from June 3rd 2003, Jean-Jacques His will be in charge of the Granturismo Engine Department for the development of engines destined to the road-going cars."

Renault outlined its plans for a new engine in 2004 earlier this week and has abandoned the radical wide-angle model in favour of a traditional design to take into consideration the new rules relating to engines that start in 2004.

Bernard Dudot has been appointed Managing Director at Renault's Viry-Châtillon base. Project Manager Jean-Philippe Mercier will continue the development of the 2003 engine whereas Léon Taillieu is the Chief Designer of the 2004 engine.

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