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Chevrolet Makes a Comeback to Indy Car Racing

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On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Chevrolet Makes a Comeback to Indy Car Racing

Chevrolet is preparing to make a come-back to Indy Car Racing in 2012, interrupting Honda‘s monopoly on producing engine supplies for the American racing series.

Chevrolet is expected to partner with Ilmor Engineering, one of the most successful race-engine design and manufacturing firms in the world, to develop a high performance twin-turbo V6 engine. The Izod Indy Car Series plans to discontinue using V8s and move toward utilizing smaller four and six cylinder engines, beginning in 2012.

General Motors will design a new 2.4 liter twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 racing engine that is fueled by renewable E85 ethanol.

According to Erik Berkman, head of Honda Performance and Development;”We have repeatedly and unequivocally expressed our desire for engine competition within the series, dating even from our first days of sole supply, in 2006,” Berkman said. “We look forward to renewing our relationship with Chevrolet as competitors on the race track and giving the fans of open-wheel racing a spirited and challenging rivalry.”

Tom Stephens, GM’s vice chairman of global product operations stated; "Our vision is to design, build and sell the world's best vehicles – and racing is one of the best ways to showcase what we can do," Stephens also said;"Re-entering Indy Car racing will help us take our advanced engine technology to the upper bounds of what's possible. And it will also provide a dynamic training ground for engineers, who'll transfer the technologies we develop for racing to the products we sell to our customers."

From 1986-1993 Chevy produced V-8 engines to open-wheel racing and then later from 2002-2005 Chevy engines were utilized to power 6 champion drivers, and 7 wins at the Indianapolis 500.

Chris Perry, head of Chevy marketing stated; "Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a proving ground for manufacturers since Louis Chevrolet, our co-founder, first raced here in 1909,” Perry also said in a statement. "This engine program will be a showcase for the efficient and powerful engine technologies that parallel new Chevrolet vehicles like the Camaro, all-new Cruze compact and Equinox crossover.”

The new engine formula, which allows for the smaller engines, with a maximum displacement of 2.4L, should motivate more OEMs to support Indy Car racing and allow GM engineers to develop new technology that will enhance engine performance, and optimize fuel consumption.


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