Cosworth reveals new Power Packages platform at SEMA

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No news to report in terms of a potential IndyCar engine program with an OEM, but still, Cosworth has announced a bit of news today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The release is below:

Cosworth has launched the next phase of its popular range of Power Packages for the FA20 engine platform that drives the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 – representing another significant milestone for the company’s new aftermarket activities.

The FA20 Power Packages have represented a step change in Cosworth’s aftermarket strategy with a move from individual components to complete, fully validated, high performance systems.

Developed in-house, the Power Packages offer enthusiasts and motorsport professionals the ease and reliability of guaranteed power upgrades that only Cosworth’s legendary engineering team can deliver from over fifty years at the forefront of motorsport and automotive engineering

Each successive Power Package stage builds upon and utilises components in the previous stage to offer drivers an affordable path to upgrade their vehicles.

The Stage 2 FA20 Power Package range delivers an increase of up to 80hp for Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 cars, and acts as a natural extenuation of the performance upgrades delivered by Stage 1.

The fully validated system combines intake manifold, intercooler and positive displacement supercharger to create a unique design. It delivers a consistent increase in engine performance, excellent throttle response at low engine speeds and sustained performance increase even in the most demanding race track conditions.

The Stage 2 Power Package allows drivers to unleash the complete performance potential of the FA20 engine platform with Cosworth’s reputation for high performance engineering and motorsport at the very heart of the product.

Hal Reisiger, Cosworth Group Chief Executive, commented:
“We are pleased to make our Stage 2 FA20 Power Packages available so soon after the successful launch of our entry level package earlier this year. We have had an encouraging response to our new aftermarket products, which have been developed based on Cosworth’s truly unparalleled motorsport and automotive experience.

“The Stage 2 Power Package acts as a natural extension to the first stage, offering drivers the opportunity to upgrade their vehicle in a scalable, affordable manner with guaranteed performance. When Cosworth commits to performance figures, it is because we have dedicated hundreds of engineering hours and thousands of dyno and road miles to certify that every Power Package meets those levels. Our approach is unique because every component has been engineered and validated to work together and to achieve peak performance and superb reliability: this is the Cosworth advantage and what makes us the perfect performance upgrade partner for car manufacturers and our customers.”

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.