Scuderia Ferrari
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Aldo Costa
Michael Schumacher
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Formula One
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Rory Byrne

Knowledge Identifier: +Rory_Byrne


Rory Byrne

South African engineer and car designer, most famous for being the chief designer at the Benetton and Scuderia Ferrari Formula One teams add

Category: Sciences

Born in 1944.

Countries: (35%), United Kingdom (18%), Italy (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Scuderia Ferrari, Aldo Costa, Michael Schumacher

Linked to: Witwatersrand University, McLaren




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Rory Byrne was born in 1944 add something


After graduating in 1965 Byrne began working as a chemist but retained his fascination for racing until by the late 1960s he, with three friends Dave Collier, Ronny and Dougie Bennett, set up a company importing performance car parts called Auto Drag and Speed Den situated in Jules Street, Malvern, Johannesburg and later Voortrekker Road in Alberton add something


Following his success in 1972 Byrne relocated to England to pursue a career in racing car design add something


Purchasing an aging Royale Formula Ford car he began putting together the skills required to improve the design and received a lucky break in 1973 when Royale founder Bob King decided to sell the team add something


An introduction to Ted Toleman in 1977 offered the next opportunity for the thirty-three-year-old who was by now an established figure in British motor racing add something


It was in the off-season of 1983/84 that Toleman signed Ayrton Senna - a move that almost made Byrne, Senna and the team first time winners at that year's Monaco Grand Prix add something


Two seasons passed before the fledgling team began to score points, but by the conclusion of the 1983 season Derek Warwick and Bruno Giacomelli had collected a very respectable 10 points - enough for the team to finish ninth in the constructors' championship, and enough to earn Byrne credibility in the pit-lane add something


The team's steady progress towards the front of the grid was given a boost in 1985 when the Benetton family announced plans to purchase Toleman add something


With more money, more resources and the most powerful engine available in the form of the inline-four turbocharged &BMW (BMW_M12), it took only until October 1986 for Gerhard Berger to secure the first win for himself, for the team and for a Byrne-designed car at the Mexican Grand Prix add something


After a brief spell with the abortive Reynard F1 project in 1991 Byrne returned to Benetton that fall add something


Michael Schumacher - A year later, ex-Benetton employees Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, who had been Technical Director at Benetton since 1991, and who were one of the key members behind Schumacher's title successes with the team in 1994 and 1995, decided to join Schumacher at Ferrari


It was immediately obvious at the first race of 1994 that Byrne's B194 chassis would be the car to beat add something


The car took a single win in the hands of Schumacher, but everything was now in place for a title challenge in 1994 add something


A late-season charge by Williams robbed Byrne of his first constructors' title, but with his motto of "Evolution Not Revolution", everything seemed set for more success in 1995 add something


Aldo Costa - Costa joined the Scuderia Ferrari in 1995 and in 1998 became assistant to the team's Chief Designer, Rory Byrne


By the conclusion of the 1996 season Michael Schumacher was being given free rein at Ferrari to build a team of engineers capable of returning the team to the top of the sport after years of underperforming add something


Byrne announced that he would retire in 1996 add something


Ferrari were immediately competitive once again, taking the title fight to the final race of the season in both 1997 and 1998 add something


Since joining Ferrari in 1997 Byrne-designed cars have won over seventy Grands Prix, seven constructors' titles and six drivers' titles add something


Continuing to build momentum in the following seasons, Ferrari won the constructors' championship in 1999, their first in 17 years add something


Antonia Terzi - Terzi worked in the design department at Ferrari under Rory Byrne until 2002 when she was recruited by Williams to become the team's chief aerodynamicist


By the end of the 2004 season, Byrne-designed Ferraris had secured 71 race victories, six consecutive constructors' titles and five consecutive drivers' titles for Michael Schumacher with a sustained level of dominance never before seen in the sport add something


In 2004 Rory Byrne announced that he would be retiring from Formula One at the end of the 2006 season, handing over the role of chief designer to Aldo Costa, his assistant since 1998 add something


Design and Development Consultant for the Scuderia Ferrari 2006-current add something


On September 19, 2006, it was announced that Rory had extended his stay, as a consultant, at Ferrari for another two years which lead him until early 2009 add something


Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari's 2006 car, the 248 F1, was the first car developed entirely under Aldo Costa, after the departure of Rory Byrne


Formula One - In December 2010, a proposal created by Rory Byrne and Patrick Head emerged, which outlined design specifications that included the re-introduction of ground effects in addition to greatly reduced downforce, and much smaller front and rear wings


In 2012, Byrne was called in to look at the Ferrari F2012 F1 car after it had a troubled start to its life add something