As the season closes, fans may wonder what happens to DHL Jordan Honda's four EJ12s. The three race cars arrived back from Japan by air freight late last week and are currently in the factory being stripped down by mechanics, as they would after...
As the season closes, fans may wonder what happens to DHL Jordan Honda's four EJ12s. The three race cars arrived back from Japan by air freight late last week and are currently in the factory being stripped down by mechanics, as they would after any other race. They will be sent away for their regular paint job and will then return to the factory to be rebuilt.
The exception to this post-race rebuild is that the cars may never turn another wheel, so they will be rebuilt without engines and the sophisticated electronic systems which make the car work on the track.
Jordan Grand Prix's designers, engineers and supplier network are all working flat out on the design and production of next year's EJ13, which will house Ford Cosworth RS engines. Until the first EJ13 is completed, there can be no testing for Jordan, so the EJ12s will remain at home in the team's Silverstone headquarters.
One EJ12 will be added to the fleet of previous cars built by Jordan Grand Prix, as the team keeps one race car from every season in which it competed in Formula one, in a private museum underneath its Wind Tunnel. The remaining 2002 cars may be auctioned for charity, sold to sponsors or make a truly exceptional item of F1 memorabilia for the passionate fan.
This year Jordan is holding an exclusive factory Open Day for Club Jordan members (26 October) and all 12 cars from the original Jordan 191, the team's first F1 car, to the EJ12, will be displayed at the main factory for attending fans to see and photograph.