IndyCar Delay The Introduction Of Hybrid Engine Until 2024

The NTT IndyCar Series announced on Thursday that they have agreed to delay the introduction of their 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with hybrid technology to the 2024 season following consultation with Chevrolet and Honda.

Speaking following the announcement, President of IndyCar Jay Frye said:

We are pleased with the pace of the technical development of the 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 hybrid as we prepare it for competition. We are very encouraged by the progress our team and our partners have made, but an immediate decision needed to be made to ensure we are prepared for the 2023 season utilizing our current 2.2-liter engine package.

“Thanks to our great partners at Honda and Chevrolet for working through this challenging supply chain situation. We are going full speed ahead with the 2.4-liter hybrid engine and cannot wait to have it on track in 2024.”

Mark Stielow, Director of GM Motorsports Competition Engineering commented on today’s announcement saying:

We are proud of the hard work and level of commitment by our engine group, along with our teams and partners, in the development of the Chevrolet 2.4-liter engine for our INDYCAR program. “We were certainly excited to have it on track next season. Chevrolet remains fully committed to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and we look forward to debuting our future engine package in 2024

Testing of the new engine will begin on March 30 and 31 at Sebring International Raceway.

Speaking about the news, Honda Performance Development President and Technical Director David Salters said:

We are very excited to get the electrified era of INDYCAR SERIES racing underway. “We have finished development and dyno testing of our new internal combustion engine, and once the hybrid system component supply chain issues are sorted, we’ll begin track testing of the new hybrid power unit.”

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Honda Looking Strong Heading To St Pete

Honda Performance Development NTT IndyCar Series teams look strong heading into next weekend’s 2022 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The series ran a two-day pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway last week with Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta setting the pace on the opening day of action.

On day two of the action, it was Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves who set the pace meaning that Honda go into the season opener next weekend looking very strong.

Honda finished on the podium here in 2020 with Scott Dixon who won the championship that day while last season, Colton Herta took victory in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda.

Honda will add cars this season with the additional full-time entry at Meyer Shank Racing who are sure to be championship contenders with Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel of their cars.

Over at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team has also added a third full-time car with Jack Harvey driving the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda alongside Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda while Christian Lundgaard makes his full-time debut in the No.30 Shield Cleansers Honda.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg takes place from February 25-27 and for more information on the race click here.