As per a sponsorship agreement, Chevrolet had announced a partnership with Liverpool, which has extended to an engine supplier role for the F1 team. However, GM have announced the Chevrolet brand is being axed in Europe, meaning Liverpool have been offered a vastly improved deal with Vauxhall Motors. The team principal said: 'This deal is even better for us, we are still using the GM engine, but now we can be a part of the iconic British brand that is Vauxhall. We are based 15 miles away from Ellesmere Port where Vauxhall have their huge works, and that is where the engines will now be built and maintained. Vauxhall are an icon in the UK, and so are we as a football club, as a brand and now as a Grand Prix team, so we are so pleased to be joining together.'
The engine will be known as the Vauxhall VXR C20XEF1, which has very famous roots. The VXR stands for Vauxhall's performance arm, while the C20XE name was given to perhaps the most famous of Vauxhall engines, and the F1 engine will share the iconic 'Red Top' of it's namesake.
As part of the deal, it is thought that Vauxhall will return to the BTCC, with Mathershaw Technology team, and the car used may well be the I