Crimson Bull Powertrains have introduced that Ben has been appointed as Technical Director and can head up all technical features with a key give attention to creating Crimson Bull’s inaugural energy unit.
Within the early phases of his profession, Hodgkinson spent a number of years creating race engines for the World Rally Championship and designing turbo charged Le Mans engines earlier than becoming a member of Ilmor Racing engines, now often known as Mercedes AMG Excessive Efficiency Powertrains.
After 20 years with the enterprise, Hodgkinson will depart his position as Head of Engineering and convey a wealth of expertise and experience to Crimson Bull Powertrains as soon as the phrases of his present contract with HPP are fulfilled.
The formation of the powertrain division represents Crimson Bull’s single largest funding in F1 for the reason that institution of Crimson Bull Racing in 2005 and offers each Crimson Bull and Scuderia AlphaTauri with sporting autonomy in addition to seamless integration of engine and chassis for the primary time.
Primarily based within the state-of-the-art, purpose-built energy unit facility which is at the moment beneath development on the coronary heart of the Crimson Bull Expertise Campus in Milton Keynes, Hodgkinson will lead the powertrain group with full integration into the chassis crew to ship future energy items that allow Crimson Bull to compete for world championships.
Crimson Bull Racing Group Principal and CEO, Christian Horner, mentioned: “We’re delighted to welcome Ben to Crimson Bull Powertrains as Technical Director. He involves this massively thrilling undertaking as a confirmed race winner and as an innovator able to main a like-minded crew of extremely expert engineers.
“When Crimson Bull introduced the creation of Crimson Bull Powertrains it was additionally saying a brand new part of the corporate’s ambition in Components One – to carry each side of automotive design in-house and to place our future in our personal arms.
“The last word expression of that’s the growth of a Crimson Bull energy unit to satisfy the subsequent era of Components One engine rules. Ben’s appointment indicators our long-term intent and we are going to help him and his crew with each accessible useful resource required with a view to succeed.”
Ben Hodgkinson added: “I’m extraordinarily excited to be becoming a member of Crimson Bull Powertrains as Technical Director. It was not straightforward to make the choice to go away HPP after nearly 20 years however the alternative to tackle such a far-reaching and vital undertaking is a superb honour.
“Crimson Bull is a critical participant in Components One and have been our greatest rival within the hybrid period, so I’m wanting ahead to seeing what we will obtain collectively on this new part of the corporate’s journey.”