As the Verizon IndyCar Series heads for its final event of the season this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., engine reliability is likely to be a big topic.
The 500-mile season finale was a war of attrition a year ago as Chevrolets and Hondas went left and right, primarily due to the heat and radiator clogging that took place.
A third engine manufacturer could well be joining the fray soon and have its own chance to win on reliability itself.
MotorSportsTalk was first to report earlier this year that Cosworth is actively seeking a return to IndyCar by attempting to partner with an OEM, as part of the company’s growth plan and strategic development.
Per an update from the company’s CEO Hal Reisiger in a conversation last week, we’ll know within 30-60 days whether the company’s intentions can become a reality.
“We have had discussions take place with two OEMs, and we are obviously very committed to it,” Reisiger told MotorSportsTalk. “A number of the OEMS with new management and sponsors of IndyCar have been watching the positive changes to determine their level of interest.
“We’re hopeful that within the coming weeks, we can take it to the next level.”
Reisiger said Cosworth, which still maintains a regular presence in IndyCar from an electronics standpoint and also premiered the “Cosworth Live on Air” program earlier this season, would seek to align with an OEM to allow for technology transfer between both production cars and race cars. Cosworth is amping up its presence on production cars as we speak.
Regarding aero kits, which are set to be introduced this offseason and then make their race debut once the North American portion of the 2015 season premieres, Reisiger said Cosworth has partners who could work with them to make that happen.
“We have partners we could work with we’ve already lined up, which is something we have to take into account,” he said. “We have two pre-selected partners for the aero kits who could support our efforts immediately.”
Perhaps the biggest piece of Cosworth news that is immediately coming down the pipeline, beyond the potential IndyCar engine involvement, is the development of a performance data recorder for the model year 2015 Corvette.
“It goes to our strategy of bringing motorsports inspired technology going to road cars,” Reisiger explained. “It’s basically data acquisition and telemetry that originates in our motorsport programs, and so we will have a data recorder for model year ’15 Corvette. We are at the start of regular production for that. That’s a big event for us.”
There’s more coming, it seems, for Cosworth on the automotive side of affairs. So the company’s continuing growth and development continues. The only question is whether that growth and development includes being the long-awaited third manufacturer in IndyCar.