WTCC Cruze 1.6 Turbo Engine Designer Awarded


12-01-Arnaud-Martin-and-Soheila-KimberleyRML Chief Engine Engineer Arnaud Martin wins Race Tech’s Race Engine Designer of the Year prize

ZURICH – WELLINGBOROUGH – Arnaud Martin, the French engineer who designed and developed the 1.6 turbo engine for the 2011 WTCC World Champion Chevrolet Cruze, has won the much-coveted Race Engine Designer of the Year award. Arnaud received this well-deserved recognition, awarded by the reputed publication Race Tech, from the magazine’s Publishing Director Soheila Kimberley during the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium.

Arnaud, Chief Engine Engineer at RML, the team that runs the Chevrolet Cruzes in the World Touring Car Championship, produced an entirely new 1.6 litre engine scratch. The results obtained by the Cruze with Arnaud’s engine are impressive – a staggering 21 wins in 24 races, every single pole position and the car led for more than twice as many laps as all the other teams combined. This success is magnified when considering that Arnaud and his small team of engineers produced it in just eight months on a limited budget.

It was this inspiring achievement that edged Arnaud ahead of an ultra competitive and highly qualified list of nominees, including Rob White (Renault F1), Ulrich Baretzky (Audi Motorsport) and Francois Coudrain (Peugeot Sport).


Arnaud Martin: “I am honoured and truly grateful that our work has been recognised and I thank Chevrolet and my team at RML for all their support, hard work and dedication.  We spent eight intense months designing and building the 2011 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine for the Chevrolet Cruze. In order to meet the parameters set by the FIA, we had to reach a higher level of performance than that of 2010 2.0 litre normally-aspirated with the additional challenge of ensuring superior reliability to match the new rules, allowing only one engine change. This will not even be possible in the 2012 season. The tremendous performance of the engine over the course of 2011 is testament to the skill and commitment put in by what is a relatively young department.”

Eric Nève: “Our warmest congratulations to Arnaud and his team for this prestigious and well-deserved award. Chevrolet has strongly believed in the 1.6 turbo engine project, an exciting technical challenge conducted in a very professional manner. It has produced terrific results on the track and great benefits for the entire Chevrolet brand. In fact, our range of street models is also evolving towards smaller engine units with turbo and direct injection technology.”