From Road & Track
IndyCar’s current generation of twin turbo V6 engines have been a hit since they debuted in 2012, allowing both Chevrolet and Honda to deliver their teams reliable power across nine seasons of competitive racing and combining with format changes to bring lap speeds at Indianapolis back up above 230 MPH. What comes next will be even faster.
Today, IndyCar announced the addition of its next generation of engines. Long-time series manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet will each provide their own 2.4 liter twin turbocharged V6 engine offerings, while an additional kinetic energy recovery system will provide an electrified jolt to bring total available horsepower up to a targeted 900. Later in the planned five year life cycle of the engine package, that target will move above 1000 horsepower.
Additionally, both Honda and Chevrolet have committed long-term to the series, extending their contracts with both providers “Well into the end of the decade.” The program will be anchored going forward by the two existing partners, while the nature of the formula will leave an opening for further manufacturer participation should the interest arise.
In perhaps the most exciting bit of news for racing fans, the generation of hybridized IndyCars will also add an on-board starter, which could greatly reduce cautions for the recovery of stalled cars and greatly decrease the amount of time needed for clean-up of incidents that leave many stopped on track without significant damage.
Maintaining factory involvement is a difficult proposition for any racing series, one that left Formula 1 hurting earlier this week when Honda announced the end of their current generation of Formula 1 involvement. That decision was made by a different group than those that fund Honda’s American racing activities, however, and both of IndyCar’s OEMs seem to be content planning for what are by auto racing standards fairly long terms. General Motors president Mark Reuss calls the program “A perfect showcase for our engine technology,” while outgoing Honda Performance Development president adds that the new program “Mirrors Honda’s efforts to develop and manufacture high performance, electrified products that will meet industry challenges and delight our customers.”
Series president Jay Frye, meanwhile, stresses that this new formula will maintain and build upon IndyCar’s core identity: “Fast, loud, and authentic.”
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