General Motors confirmed today that Chevrolet will compete in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series with a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 racing engine powered by renewable E85 ethanol fuel. The new Chevy IndyCar engine will be developed jointly by General Motors and Ilmor Engineering. The Chevrolet IndyCar engine will be available to all entrants in compliance with series regulations. Team Penske has already committed to using Chevrolet power in 2012.
“Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a proving ground for manufacturers since Louis Chevrolet, our co-founder, first raced here in 1909,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Our return to IndyCar as Chevrolet enters its centennial year is natural. At the same time 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.”
Chevrolet previously competed in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 104 races, powering six driver champions, and scoring seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 will have a displacement of 2.4 liters and will have an aluminum block and cylinder heads, and will be a fully stressed chassis member supporting the gearbox and rear suspension. Other technical details and specifications will be released at a later date.
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– By: Omar Rana