Aged 46, he left the Renault Alpine F1 team where he was technical director of the powertrain in June and will take up his new role at ORECA overseeing its projects at the headquarters of Signes near Paul Ricard and its satellite operation in Magny- Classes in December.
He will oversee both ORECA’s chassis operations, which include the production of the reference prototype 07 LMP2, and its engines division.
Taffin succeeds David Floury, who held the position of ORECA’s technical director since 2004.
Floury is now full-time at Toyota Gazoo Racing as Chief Test and Race Engineer for its World Endurance Championship program.
He became a member of the Toyota sports car program following the Japanese automaker’s merger with ORECA upon entering WEC in 2012, a relationship that ended before this season.
Taffin’s departure from Alpine ended a 20-year career with Renault which also included a stint as Director of Race Operations.
He will continue his links with Renault and Alpine in his new role: ORECA is the chassis partner of Alpine in the development of a new LMDh competitor for the World Endurance Championship which will start in racing in 2024.
The boss of ORECA, Hugues de Chaunac, declared: “I am extremely happy that Rémi is joining ORECA to manage the entire technical scope of the group.
“Its technical skills, its mastery of new technologies, its high level of experience and its customer philosophy will be at the service of the company at a time when it is experiencing an important stage in its development as one of the world leaders in building racing cars. “
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ORECA described Floury as “a key player in our success in endurance racing which has helped ORECA achieve a significant number of sporting, technical and commercial successes”.
Taffin added: “I am impatient to start working with Hugues and his teams at ORECA, a benchmark in the world of motorsport, especially in the various endurance categories.
“The technical and organizational challenges necessary to stay one step ahead, as well as the culture and richness of current and future ORECA projects have definitely convinced me to want to play a major role in the next stages of ORECA’s development.
Taffin joined Renault in 1999 and first worked as an engineer with teams she supplied engines to, including British American Racing and Arrows, under the Supertec brand.
He was promoted to run his F1 track activities in 2009, then took responsibility for the on-track engine performance of teams using his engines, overseeing the four world titles won by Red Bull in 2010-13.
A promotion to the position of Race Operations Director in 2014 was followed by a move to head the Viry-Chatillon engine department in 2016.