Rémi Taffin joins Oreca

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Former Renault Sport F1 engine technical director Rémi Taffin is to become Oreca Group’s new technical director, responsible for all of the company’s technical activity, including the chassis department (at the company’s Signes headquarters) and the engine department, based in Magny-Cours.

Commenting on the appointment, Oreca Group president Hugues de Chaunac said, “I am extremely happy Rémi is joining Oreca to manage the entire technical scope of the group. His technical skills, mastery of new technologies, high level of experience and customer philosophy will all serve the company at a time when it is experiencing an important stage in its development as one of the world leaders in the construction of racing cars. He will succeed David Floury, a key player in our success in endurance racing, who helped Oreca achieve a significant number of sporting, technical and commercial successes.”

After graduating from ESTACA and serving as a track engineer for Ricardo Zonta and Jos Verstappen, Taffin worked directly with world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. He took over the management of Renault F1 track activities in 2009, serving the customer teams. In 2014 he stepped into the role of director of operations for the F1 team. Two years later he became engine technical director with overall responsibility for powertrains for Renault and then Alpine F1, a position he left in June 2021.

“I am impatient to start working with Hugues and his teams at Oreca, a benchmark in the world of motorsport, particularly in the various classes in endurance racing,” remarked Taffin. “The technical and organizational challenges necessary to stay ahead, and the culture and richness of current and future Oreca projects, have definitely convinced me I want to play a major role in the next stages of Oreca’s development.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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