IndyCar makes hybrid technology debut in July

As expected, it is at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of July 7 that hybrid technology in IndyCar racing will officially debut.

Published on 15/05/2024 à 11:24

Michael Duforest

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IndyCar makes hybrid technology debut in July

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It was highly anticipated, it's finally here! Hybrid technology, developed jointly by Honda and Chevrolet, the two engine manufacturers of theIndyCar, will begin racing on July 7. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which also hosts numerous IndyCar test sessions throughout the year, is a perfect playground for testing this new technology.

Made up of an MGU (Motor Generator Unit), and 20 supercapacitors, the technology will make it possible to recover energy during braking and freewheeling phases, before being able to restore it. IndyCar has confirmed the outline of the regulations on this new system. Drivers will be able to recover energy automatically, via a setting in the car's software, or manually, via a paddle pull or button system.

More than 800 horses in total!

For energy restitution, however, no one will have a choice, you will have to press a button on the steering wheel! It is interesting to note that this new boost system is in addition to the already existing push-to-pass. This system, which allows the use of a different engine map for 150 to 200 seconds per race on road circuits, also increases power. If a rider uses both systems in conjunction, they can expect an additional 120 horsepower, surpassing 800 horsepower in total. If electrical energy cannot be used on a complete straight line, the supercapacitors not retaining enough energy, corner exits should already be much faster, and possibly brutal for the drivers!

“The strength of this unprecedented partnership between Chevrolet and Honda has pushed this innovative project onto the starting grid in 2024”, said Jay Frye, president of IndyCar. “The IndyCar-specific hybrid power unit will bring a new and exciting element to the championship with additional energy and more passing options. We can’t wait to see the start of this new era in Mid-Ohio. »

Hybrid technology will be used on three road and street circuits (Mid-Ohio, Toronto, Portland) and six oval races (Iowa x2, Gateway, Milwaukee x2, Nashville).

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