Cosworth still alive and kickingThe Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
Cosworth, the U.K.-based engine builder that lost its last Formula One customer at the end of 2006, faces another possible blow with word that Champ Car (for which it is the sole engine supplier) is set to go out of business or merge with the Indy Racing League.
[KK puts Cosworth on the cart]
Kevin Kalkhoven: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
The company--owned by Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven--eliminated 200 jobs after losing its deal with WilliamsF1.Cosworth: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Kevin Kalkhoven: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
Cosworth: I'm not dead.
However, it has developed new markets in the aerospace and defense industries. Cosworth is hiring staff and investing about $2 million in new machinery to fulfill orders for precision-engineered pistons for aerospace and premium automotive customers.The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Kevin Kalkhoven: Yes he is.
Cosworth: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Kevin Kalkhoven: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Cosworth: I'm getting better.
Kevin Kalkhoven: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.