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  Friday, 16 August, 2002, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Jordan close on engine deal
Eddie Jordan with Jaguar and Cosworth boss Niki Lauda
Jordan (left) has been offered engines by Lauda
The Jordan team look poised to use Cosworth engines next year after being offered a three-year deal by the Ford-owned company.

Cosworth boss Niki Lauda, who is also in charge of the Jaguar team, said that he had made Jordan an offer because of the uncertainty surrounding the Arrows team.

Arrows have not turned up to race in Hungary, and Lauda said they have not paid the latest instalment of their bill for Cosworth engines.

Arrows are considered unlikely to survive.

Jordan use Honda engines and have a contract for next year.

But they are understood to have been told they will have to pay for their Hondas, and may consider the more powerful Cosworth engine a better bet.

"Cosworth, because of the Arrows situation, made (Jordan) an offer for Cosworth engines for a three-year contract," said Lauda.

"Now it's up to Eddie to decide between Honda and Cosworth.

"If he wants to dump his engine and go into the Cosworth engine or not, it's up to him. He has a proposal from Cosworth for a three-year engine deal."

On Arrows, Lauda said: "They have not paid for this race. Wednesday was the deadline to get paid for this race which we had agreed. The money did not come."

A deal for Jordan to use Cosworth engines has been expected for some time, but the length of the contract may be a stricking point

Jordan are unlikely to want to commit to a customer deal for as long as three years.

Lauda rejected a report in Autosport magazine that the engine could be badged as a Ford, which would see the US car manufacturer competing directly against its Jaguar marque.

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