Further developments

Background and current events on the Indycar scene for 2014.

Further developments

Postby meteorite » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:51 am


INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, June 2, 2013) - In its continued effort to open the door to increased technical innovation in its cars and further its longstanding effort to improve safety in open-wheel racing, INDYCAR outlined today its long-term IZOD IndyCar Series competition strategy. The timeline begins immediately and runs through the 2021 season.

Immediate initiatives include INDYCAR and Dallara looking to reduce the surface area of the underbody of the current chassis to reduce the potential for lift in preparation for the addition of various aerodynamic configurations in 2015. The project is underway and will conclude this fall.

Aero configuration kits will be introduced and utilized for all races on the 2015 schedule and include specifications for superspeedway and road/street/short oval configurations.

Areas open for development by INDYCAR-approved aero configuration kit manufacturers could include sidepods, engine cover and front and rear wing end plates. Mainplane inclusion in aero configuration kits is dependent on underwing development and will be determined at a later date. INDYCAR expects to announce manufacturer participation in July.

"This is the first step in making the incremental changes to our cars toward further enhancing speed, innovation and safety," said Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR. "As we continue to look at all methods of advancing safety and competition, our initial task it to prepare our current chassis for the further increases of speed we hope to see with the addition of new aero configurations in 2015."

Initiatives outlined as part of the IZOD IndyCar Series long-term strategy include:

· 2013 - INDYCAR and Dallara look to reduce the surface area of the underbody of the current chassis to reduce the potential for lift in preparation for the addition of various aerodynamic configurations in 2015.

· 2014 - Engine upgrades as part of the current homologation process; downforce adjustments to enhance racing, overtaking as well as safety at various racetrack configurations, as needed.

· 2015 - Aero configuration components introduced for the full IZOD IndyCar Series season in conjunction with potential enhancements to the underbody.

· 2016 - Opportunity for tire development, if needed, with Firestone, as well as engine power enhancements as required.

· 2017 - Possible aero configuration kits and engine upgrades. Potential for areas on car to be opened for team development.

· 2018 - Competition enhancements made based on performance of 2017 package.

· 2019 - Potential introduction of new body style and engine formula.

· 2020 - Competition enhancements made based on performance of 2019 package.

· 2021 - Possible aero configuration upgrade.

"Our long-term competition strategy is designed to build on the foundation of our current package with progressive and methodical enhancements in conjunction with our manufacturers, teams and drivers," added Walker. "Always with an eye towards safety, our timeline will build on our already exciting product and create opportunities for us to move the performance barrier forward through enhancements designed to balance the longevity of our current car-engine platform as we build toward the next generation IndyCar package."


INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 25, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that all engines supplied to IZOD IndyCar Series teams will utilize only twin turbocharger systems beginning with the 2014 season.

The decision, which was confirmed after consultation in an INDYCAR Engine Committee meeting, will further strengthen engine parity. It also dovetails with the manufacturers' first homologation update cycle for the 2.2-liter, direct-injected V6 engines supplied by Chevrolet and Honda.

"In an effort for parity throughout the turbocharger range, mandating only a twin turbo system simplifies our efforts to ensure even closer competition," said Derrick Walker, president, competition and operations, INDYCAR. "Both manufacturers displayed a willingness to use a common turbo spec for 2014, so it made sense to mandate a twin turbocharger that maintains the performance we've come to expect while keeping the technology relevant to the automotive industry."

Engine manufacturer competition returned to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012. Chevrolet re-entered the series with a twin-turbocharged engine through technical partner Ilmor Engineering. Honda, which was the sole engine supplier from 2006-2011, opted for a single turbocharger for the engine designed and built by Honda Performance Development.


INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that IZOD IndyCar Series teams will be permitted a total of 18 testing days, with the opportunity for additional bonus days, between now and the 2014 season finale.

Full-season IndyCar Series teams will have a total of 18 test days to be used in any combination of engine manufacturer tests, team tests, Open Tests, straight line and full-sized wind tunnel tests through the 2014 season finale at Auto Club Speedway.

"Our objective was to structure the testing rules so that everybody had equal opportunity and an equal number of days," said Derrick Walker, president, competition and operations, INDYCAR. "Rather than INDYCAR designating specific numbers for each category of testing, the onus is on teams to utilize days as they feel is best for their individual program."

Additionally, IndyCar Series teams can receive two bonus days by testing a current Indy Lights driver. Teams will have two additional days for testing rookie drivers and any new entrant will have four additional offseason team test days in addition to its allotment of 18 days.

Open Tests will be held at three venues that host 2014 IndyCar Series events:

• Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., will be the site of spring training on Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, for the second consecutive year. Spring training is mandatory for all Leaders Circle entrants.

• The newly modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course will host an Open Test on Wednesday, April 30, in advance of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

• The 2-mile Auto Club Speedway oval will host an Open Test on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in advance of the 500-mile season finale under the lights.

Engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda have five on-track test days. Mileage amassed while using a manufacturer development engine does not count against a team's maximum of 10,000 miles during team tests, Open Tests and race events in a calendar year.



INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that Chevrolet and Honda will provide distinct aerodynamic configurations for the IndyCar Series chassis beginning in 2015.

As part of its long-range focus on innovation, INDYCAR announced in June that aerodynamic bodywork "kits" would be introduced and utilized for all 2015 races and include separate specifications for superspeedways and road/street/short ovals.

The bodywork components mated to the Dallara rolling chassis will provide INDYCAR a platform for performance and efficiency developments. Fans can look forward to cars with new, distinctive looks that are branded by the manufacturers. This is a significant element in a suite of technical changes that make the cars capable of achieving higher speeds.

"Aero kits will improve the diversity of the fan experience and renew technical engagement, while providing a controlled cost structure," said Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR.

The forward-thinking program is relevant to short- and long-term design and development objectives of the global automotive industry and aligns with research and development in multiple technology sectors. Additionally, an entrant's aero kits will be aligned with its manufacturer, with the car incorporating the name given by the supplier.

Beginning with 2016, additional engine manufacturers and/or third party vendors will be eligible to be an INDYCAR-approved supplier. Correspondingly, Chevrolet and Honda will be able to upgrade their aero kits, which will be approved through homologation.

"We are excited to be an IndyCar-approved supplier of an aero kit for our Chevrolet-powered teams beginning with the 2015 racing season," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for IndyCar Series. "It is a unique situation in non-production based series to provide engines and aerodynamic body kits. This will allow Chevrolet to impact a wider bandwidth of car performance which comes with increased responsibility to our teams to put them in a position to win. We are confident that our collective team of technical partners are capable, enabled and focused to succeed."

Added Honda Performance Development Inc., Technical Director Roger Griffiths: "We're looking forward to the introduction of aero kits in 2015. Along with continuing engine development, aero kits will provide another area for innovation and manufacturer competition. The introduction of bespoke bodywork from Honda and Chevrolet will provide fans with additional brand identification and that can only help IndyCar racing."

Examples of areas open for development by INDYCAR-approved aero configuration manufacturers include sidepods, engine cover and oval front wing main plane and end plates. Potential alterations to the car's undertray in an effort to advance safety are under consideration. On-track testing begins Oct. 6, 2014, and closes Jan. 18, 2015.

Highlights of the regulations:

• No entrant may use more than two aero kits during a season. The 2012 Dallara aero kit is approved as one of the aero kits.

• Dallara will continue to supply a number of standard components that affect aerodynamic performance.

• For the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, an entrant may use more than one aero kit during practice sessions. The aero kits utilized in qualifications must be used in the race.

• Entrants will be charged no more than $75,000 per aero kit by the supplier, inclusive of all components, but excluding fasteners. A 2016 upgrade kit will cost no more than $15,000.

• Six days of pre-production testing have been approved, with each supplier using a maximum of two cars from entrants. Engine mileage accrued will not count against the entrants' 10,000-mile-per-year allocation or engine count.

The aerodynamic platforms will complement engine manufacturer competition that returned to the IndyCar Series in 2012 following a six-year period in which Honda was the sole supplier.

For the 2014 season, both manufacturers will supply consumer-relevant 2.2-liter, twinturbocharged V6 engines using E85 fuel.
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