Honda and Chevy commit to 2023 IndyCar hybrids

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Despite the pushing back of IndyCar’s new engine program to 2023, both Honda and Chevrolet have confirmed that they will supply the hybrid power units.

“Honda welcomes this step to the future by IndyCar, action that mirrors Honda’s efforts to develop and manufacture high performance, electrified products that will meet industry challenges and delight our customers,” noted Ted Klaus, president of Honda Performance Development.

“At Honda, we race to develop our people, to innovate technologies and to engage fans. We are proud of our uninterrupted, 27-year leadership in IndyCar, and look forward to delivering a next-generation Honda 2.4-liter hybrid power unit with more than 900hp.”

The new power units will be based around a similar architecture to the current engines, but capacity will be increased (from the current 2.2 liters) and manufacturers permitted to develop the combustion process to meet the higher power demands. The hybrid system will be a spec unit, though the supplier is yet to be confirmed.

IndyCar notes that the hybrid formula is part of a multi-year extension deal it has reached with Honda and Chevrolet, which promises a continuation of manufacturer competition in North America’s open-wheel racing series well into the next decade.

The commitment also, the organizers hope, provides opportunities for additional manufacturers to join the series, which Honda says it strongly supports.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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