Indy Car Returns to Turbos, Drop-kicks V-8s
In 2012 the IndyCar series will ring in the new season with the sounds of spooling turbos. The series announced that its next generation of engines will be more powerful and efficient than the current formula 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-8 Honda engines. The new regulations are more open and profound in the amount of change they will bring to the series.
The V-8s are gone. Engine manufacturers are limited to six cylinders as well as a maximum displacement of 2.4 cubic liters. Running on ethanol, the new powerplants will produce between 550-700 hp to suit the diverse set of tracks on which the IZOD IndyCar Series competes.
The new engine strategy will require the IZOD IndyCar Series to adopt rules that can accommodate various engine architectures, which means four cylinders and V-6s can be developed, perhaps on a track-to-track basis. Honda has been the sole supplier for a number of seasons - perhaps this will attract some new blood. Ford and its EcoBoost engines seem like a natural fit.