It could happen. With the four-stroke prototype rule going into effect in the 2002 GP season, with no homoligation requirements, engine builders from the automobile world could decide to participate in motorcycle GP racing. Sound crazy? It isn’t.
Specialist chassis builders (including Kenny Roberts, Sr., Harris and others) need engines. Automobile manufacturers need publicity and confirmation of their engineering prowess. Could be a marriage made in heaven. BMW, Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari, and others already compete in automobile Formula One racing — the “ultimate” proving ground for four-stroke technology. If these companies can build the ultimate four-strokes, why wouldn’t they get involved under the new rules? Something to think about.