IZOD IndyCar Series Announces 2012 Engine Platform - Engine Builder Magazine

IZOD IndyCar Series Announces 2012 Engine Platform

The IZOD IndyCar Series has announced that its new generation of engines will
be more powerful and efficient than the current formula. The new engine
strategy is based on a recommendation from the ICONIC (Innovative,
Open-Wheel, New, Industry-Relevant, Cost-Effective) Advisory Committee.

The exciting new platform, which debuts in 2012, will allow
manufacturers to produce engines with a maximum of six cylinders as
well as maximum displacement of 2.4 cubic liters. The ethanol-fueled
engines will produce between 550 and 700 horsepower to suit the diverse
set of tracks on which the IZOD IndyCar Series competes and will be
turbocharged to allow for flexibility in power.

"The ICONIC Advisory Committee has researched future engine
platforms with manufacturers, teams, drivers and fans, and they felt
this strategy best highlights key attributes of the sport – speed,
competition and diversity," said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer
of the Indy Racing League. "We feel this open and all-inclusive
platform will make our sport an attractive option to engine
manufacturers, while allowing development of a relevant and innovative
platform to the current and future automotive industry by highlighting
efficiency, performance, durability, quality, environmental
responsibility and safety."

The IZOD IndyCar Series will explore new and relevant technologies
to incorporate into the engine such as energy recovery, hybrids, fuel
conservation and other developing green initiatives.

"Everyone wants to see competition and high performance on the
track," said Bernard. "We are the fastest and most versatile racing in
the world and this new engine strategy will continue to enhance that.
Now that we have a platform in place, it is our job to put this package
in front of the automotive industry to attract the type of
participation that will elevate the sport. We truly want to challenge
manufacturers to once again make our sport a proving ground and a
platform to showcase technology that will benefit the future of their

The new engine strategy will require that the IZOD IndyCar Series to
adopt rules that can accommodate various engine architectures.

"We will continue to evaluate rules that will keep a level playing
field across the board with the various engines that could enter our
sport," said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and racing
operations. "For example, we could see a V-6 competing against an
Inline 4 at all IZOD IndyCar Series events in the future. We will
require reference engines as a benchmark in performance while looking
at sonic air restrictors, fuel flow restrictions and more as key
criteria for competition."

The IZOD IndyCar Series formed the ICONIC Advisory Committee is
tasked with reviewing, researching and making a recommendation to the
league on the next generation IZOD IndyCar Series engine and chassis.
The league plans to have a decision on its chassis by June 30.

"Speaking on behalf of the ICONIC Advisory Committee members, it has
been an honor to contribute to the development of the new generation of
IndyCar," said Gil de Ferran, team owner representative to the ICONIC
Advisory Committee. "We feel this new engine strategy is open,
inclusive, powerful and high performance, in keeping with the
historical values associated with Indy car racing. Additionally it
poses relevant challenges to which the automotive industry faces today".

Committee members include de Ferran, Barnhart, Tony Cotman, Eddie
Gossage, Rick Long, Tony Purnell and Neil Ressler. It is mediated by
retired Air Force Gen. William R. Looney III.IndyCar's current Honda Indy V8 engine.

You May Also Like

NMRA/NMCA Announce Augustine Herrera as National Tech Director

ProMedia Events and Publishing, the parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, has announced Augustine Herrera as the new NMRA/NMCA National Tech Director. His duties include overseeing fair competition in both drag racing series and leading the on-site tech staff at all national events.  “Augustine joined our team in

ProMedia Events and Publishing, the parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, has announced Augustine Herrera as the new NMRA/NMCA National Tech Director. His duties include overseeing fair competition in both drag racing series and leading the on-site tech staff at all national events. 

Shop Solutions November 2021

Check out these Shop Solutions from builders across the country!

Cam Center
Holley Classic Truck Battery Tray and Hold Down

Holley Classic Trucks can battery trays for 1981-1987 C/K Series trucks and Blazer/Jimmy/Suburban manufactured to precisely mimic the factory look with all of the original holes and contours. Related Articles – Rocker Arm Tech – Part 1 – Automotive Specialty-Equipment Retail Sales Reach New High – Rebuilders Choice Made from heavy-gauge steel and EDP coated

Holley Battery Tray
Rocker Arm Tech – Part 1

In this episode of Steve Tech, Steve Morris breaks down the fundamentals of rocker arms, rocker arm stands and valvetrain rocker arm geometry. Class is in session! Related Articles – The SCAT Story – Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story – Performance Rocker Arms

Automotive Specialty-Equipment Retail Sales Reach New High

Despite what occurred throughout 2020, the specialty-equipment industry showed resilience with industry retail sales climbing from $46.2 billion to a new high of $47.89 billion in the U.S., according to the new 2021 SEMA Market Report. Related Articles – Future of Engine Building: Converting the Masses – Future of Engine Building: The Road Ahead for

Other Posts

AAIA Offering Free Webinar on Health Care Reform Understanding the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

This webinar contains vital information that will affect most everyone in the industry. Beginning in January 2014, many individuals will be required to have minimum essential health insurance coverage or pay a penalty (an individual mandate). Certain employers with more than 50 full-time equivalents that do not offer qualified health insurance, or offer unaffordable coverage,

New AETC Website Debuts

Each year AETCbrings together engine builders, racers, engineers and media members from around the world to exchange information on the day’s most popular engine-building topics. In an effort to make information about the conference even more accessible, AETChas recently launched an updated, easy-to-navigate website. Related Articles – MERA to Hold Remanufacturing and Sustainability Conference on

PRW Opens New Corporate Office and Warehouse Distribution Center

The PRW warehouse distribution center and corporate headquarters in now located in Perris, California. In addition to being designed to maximize storage and order shipping, the facility has an abundance of office space that houses the sales, management and support teams, an employee break room, conference rooms, and a larger engineering and product development department.

Melling, Dura-Bond Consolidate Sales and Marketing Efforts

Charles Barnett, vice president of sales and marketing at Dura-Bond Bearing Co., will be heading up the consoliated efforts between Dura-Bond and Melling. Barnett has been a long-term employee at the company as president prior to the Melling purchase several years ago. He also had a career with ACDelco/General Motors and previously served as general sales