INDYCAR announced Thursday that twin-turbocharged engines will be mandated from 2014. This impacts Honda, which opted for a single turbo layout and design from Honda Performance Development, when new engine regulations for 2.2L V6 were introduced prior to 2012.
“In an effort for parity throughout the turbocharger range, mandating only a twin turbo system simplifies our efforts to ensure even closer competition,” INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said in a statement. “Both manufacturers displayed a willingness to use a common turbo spec for 2014, so it made sense to mandate a twin turbocharger that maintains the performance we’ve come to expect while keeping the technology relevant to the automotive industry.”
With “Turbo” the film now in theaters, I guess this is another way to keep turbos in the news. Except this time, it’s the actual BorgWarner produced items.
Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test
The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.
Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.
Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.
The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.