- Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines
company_name = Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Limited
company_type = Private
foundation = 11 October 1983
founder = Mario Illen, Paul Morgan
location_country = United Kingdom
homepage = [http://www.mercedes-benz-hpe.com/hpe/index.htm www.mercedes-benz-hpe.com]
Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd. (previously known as Mercedes-Ilmor) is an English-based
Formula Oneengine manufacturer, owned by Mercedes-Benz. Since 1995, their engines have powered McLaren's Formula 1 cars.
Ilmorwas founded by Mario Illienand Paul Morgan in 1983, as an independent British Formula Oneengine manufacturer. The company name was taken from the surnames of the founders. It originally started building engines for IndyCars with the money of IndyCar team owner and chassis manufacturer Roger Penske. Daimler-Benzacquired Chevrolet's 25% share of Ilmor in 1993. In 2002 Daimler AGincreased its share to 55% and renamed the company Mercedes-Ilmor. In 2005 Daimler became the sole owner of Ilmor and renamed the company Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines Ltd.
At the same time the small Special Projects part of the company, which since
2003had been contracted to design and build Honda's Indy Racing Leagueengines, split away to become a separate company, owned by Mario Illien and Roger Penske. This new company, which is totally independent of Mercedes, is once again known as Ilmor Engineering Ltd.
In 1991 Ilmor entered Formula One as supplier of the Leyton House team (former March).
After some troubles Leyton House started as March team again in
1992, still using Ilmor engines. Ilmor also delivered engines to the Tyrrell team. Powered by Ilmor V10 Tyrrell scored 8 points and March another 3 through.
Ilmor already had a good name in F1, and so the Sauber sportscar-team and
Mercedes-Benzthat were planning their Formula One entrance together signed a deal with Ilmor. However Mercedes stepped back from the project, with the engines only carrying the slogan "Concept by Mercedes-Benz" and the engine was officially called Ilmor.
But after an unexpectedly fast performance in
1993Sauber convinced Mercedes to enter officially in 1994. In 1994 Ilmor also supplied the new Pacific GP team of Keith Wiggins with the old 1993 spec engines. Pacific had much trouble qualifiyng the cars, in 32 attempts they made it 7 times, although the engine was not implicated in this poor display.
1995Ilmor became the engine partner to McLaren.
2001Paul Morgan was killed whilst landing his vintage airplane at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire. This led to Mercedes-Benzincreasing their financial involvement in Ilmor, with the company being renamed Mercedes-Ilmor Ltd.
Formula One participation
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