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Filed under: Motorsports, Safety
What else could Roger Penske say? As the promoter and most public face of the Detroit Grand Prix, what else could the man do besides promise that the miserable track surface will be fixed before next year’s race? Oh ye… Continue reading
Filed under: Motorsports, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs
You’d have to search long and hard to find a racing team as successful as Chip Ganassi Racing. The team has won four Champ Car titles (before the series shut down), three Indy Racing League titles and … Continue reading
Filed under: Motorsports
The saga of engine suppliers in the series has been a convoluted one. During its inaugural season in 1996, carry-over engines from CART were allowed, but were replaced the following season by naturally-aspirated V8s provided by General Motors (under the Oldsmobile Aurora name) and Nissan (bearing Infiniti livery). Toyota and Honda came on board in 2003, while GM rebadged its program under Chevrolet as Oldsmobile was being shut down. Three years later Honda got the exclusive and has been supplying all the teams on the grid since, but that contract is nearing its end.
In its place, the IRL has issued a new open formula in the hope of drawing a diverse array of manufacturers to the series. For the first time since splitting with CART (with which it has since reunited), IndyCars will race under turbocharged power. Ethanol will continue to fuel the series, but beyond that, teams and engine suppliers will be free to use as many as six cylinders (in whatever configuration they choose), with displacements not exceeding 2.4 liters and power ranging between 550 and 700 horsepower.
The use of turbocharging and the variety of configurations allowed under the new formula should make for some interesting racing, and we’ll be waiting to see which manufacturers jump – or pass – at the opportunity.
Following last weekend’s running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indy Racing League announced that when its next-generation engine rules go into effect, smaller displacement, boosted engines would replace the current, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V8 engines. The specifics of the new powertrain package still need to be ironed out, but displacements will be limited to 2.4-liters with no more than six cylinders.
By allowing more architecture flexibility, the series hopes to attract more manufacturers to build powerplants. For the last several years, all of the IndyCar engines have been supplied by Honda. IndyCar will also be taking a page from the American Le Mans Series with some green initiatives like adding kinetic energy recovery hybrid systems (KERS) and other fuel efficiency technologies.
[Source: Indy Racing League]
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, there will be plenty of motorsports going on: NASCAR at Charlotte, IndyCars at the home base and Formula One in Turkey. The only big series taking the weekend off is the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) which has a number of teams preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans just a couple of weeks from now.
Since early 2008, the ALMS has been touting itself as the “Leader in green racing.” We decided to take a look at the biggest series in North America and compare the efforts of each when it comes to alternative fuels and drivetrains. In many respects, NASCAR is actually the most alternative series around right now, but not necessarily in a forward looking way. After all, NASCAR still uses carburetors and just switched from leaded to unleaded gasoline a couple of years ago.
Similarly, while IndyCars switched from methanol to ethanol a few years back, there isn’t much else about open wheel race cars that can be called relevant to manufacturers. ALMS GT class cars, on the other hand, are actually derived from production models. The combination of GT and LMP cars are now or have recently been running on five different fuel/drive combinations including diesel, E10, cellulosic E85, biobutanol, and E10/hybrids. Later this season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid that nearly won the recent 24 hours of Nürburgring is expected to join the ALMS ranks and ALMS communications director Bob Dickinson told us that he hopes to see Peugeot’s 908 diesel-hybrid join, perhaps as soon as the next Sebring race in March 2011. Check out the full chart after the jump.
Gallery: Geneva 2009: Peugeot 908 hy
Gallery: Corsa Motorsports Ginetta-Zytek 09HS