The NTT IndyCar Series announced on Thursday that in partnership with Honda and Chevrolet from 2022 onwards that single source hybrid systems will be introduced to their race cars to enhance Racing and competition.
The new hybrid system will see the drivers able to start their cars via a button the steering wheel replacing the current traditional hand held electric starters.
The new hybrid technology will work in parallel with the current powertrains that will produce in excess 900 horsepower.
The hybrid technology will consist of a multi-phase motor, inverter and electric storage device that will create energy recovery from the car’s braking system.
Speaking about the new hybrid technology, IndyCar president Jay Frye said:
It’s an exciting time for INDYCAR with the forthcoming evolution of the cars and innovations like the hybrid powertrain being incorporated into the new engine. “As we move toward the future, we will remain true to our racing roots of being fast, loud and authentic, and simultaneously have the ability to add hybrid technology that is an important element for the series and our engine manufacturers.”
The introduction of the new hybrid technology means that the NTT IndyCar Series will push back the introduction of the new engine formula from 2021 to 2022.
Speaking about the announcement, president of Honda Performance Development Ted Klaus said:
“Honda is committed to racing in order to develop people and technologies relevant to the future of our sport and our world. “INDYCAR offers us the perfect platform to prove out both people and technologies in an environment where measurement of successes and failures is crystal clear.”
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S VP of Performance and Motorsport commented on the announcement saying:
Chevrolet supports delaying the implementation of the revised engine regulations until 2022 to coincide with the NTT IndyCar Series introduction of new technologies with the chassis. “The partnership between Chevrolet and IndyCar remains a strong platform for showcasing relevant technologies that we incorporate in our production engines, and transfer learnings in performance, reliability and efficiency between the racetrack and the showroom.”