Byrne for A1 GP role

Formula 1 design legend Rory Byrne will have a hand in the new ’Powered by Ferrari’ A1GP contender.

Byrne, who stepped down as chief designer at Ferrari in 2006, will be a consultant on the project to build an all-new single-seater powered by a 600bhp version of the Italian manufacturer’s 430 GT2 V8. The car will be designed in Britain by John Travis, best known for his work in Champ Car.

A1GP boss Tony Teixeira said: “Rory Byrne will be a design consultant in overall charge of the project. He’s the boss.”