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Rory Byrne

Rory Byrne, 1980. Copyright Jutta Fausel, 2020, supplied by Chris Witty. Used with Permission.

Rory Byrne, 1980. Copyright Jutta Fausel, 2020, supplied by Chris Witty. Used with Permission.

Rory Byrne, A1 GP meeting, 22nd Feb 2008, Durban, South Africa. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Rory Byrne, A1 GP meeting, 22nd Feb 2008, Durban, South Africa. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

10 Jan 1944
Pretoria

Nationality:

South Africa

Teams:

Benetton, Ferrari, Pacific, Toleman (1981- )

Still linked with Ferrari as an ad-hoc consultant, mainly for road cars, but even in 2018, he still had involvement in the F1 side, becoming more involved with the design of the car after the departure in 2016 of James Allison. In 2020, he became even more involved, despite being over 75 years of age, as he was in charge of design of the 2022 car. However, he still has a home in Thailand, where he has a dive school and holiday complex. Byrne initially designed gliders and ran a speed equipment business before getting involved in the sport by designing a Formula Ford car. Rory sold his business, before moving to England and going on via Formula Ford, and Formula 2, to become a very successful and much respected designer of Formula 1 cars. Byrne also works as a consultant to South African insurers in creating a black box to record good driving.

Biography last updated 22 Jul 2020