Chevy and Honda happy with progress after first test of 2.4 engine

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The new 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that will debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2024 underwent its first test March 28-30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Formula 1 track.

Chevrolet Performance and Honda Performance Development engineers working with the new powertrain earned identical ratings after three days of laps in cold conditions — straight A’s.

Team Penske drivers Josef Newgarden and Will Power shared practice duties for Chevrolet, with Newgarden on track Monday and Power turning the laps Tuesday and Wednesday. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing tested for Honda.

The engine has not been tested in its final configuration. The development, testing and integration work of the hybrid component will continue throughout the year. The introduction of the hybrid energy recovery system has been delayed due to global supply chain issues.

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Chevy reported more than 600 test miles over the three days.

“We had three very successful and productive days with the new Chevrolet 2.4L INDYCAR engine,” said Rob Buckner, Chevrolet Engineering Program Manager for INDYCAR. “This was a significant milestone as we have progressed from the initial concept of the 2.4L engine designed a few years ago and running extensively on the test bed to installing the engine in a car and now the historic event of making our first laps on the Indianapolis road course.

“We are extremely grateful to all the men and women of Chevrolet Performance and our partners at Ilmor for their commitment to making a very successful track debut for the 2.4L engine platform. We could race this engine tomorrow. , which is the highest possible praise for a new engine Special thanks to the Penske team for quickly building a reliable and safe test car, and to Josef Newgarden and Will Power for taking care of our prototype engine with top notch feedback.

David Salters, President and Technical Director of HPD: “A big shout out to the inspiring Honda men and women of HPD in California, where the Honda INDYCAR engine is designed, simulated, manufactured, assembled and dyno tested. The engine ran well throughout the three days and we completed all scheduled test items, courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon.

“The car ran perfectly with great collaboration and feedback, and we learned a lot. It’s great to get our new powertrain on the right track. We set ourselves these challenges to develop our people and our technology here at HPD. Very proud of the incredible team at HPD and our Honda “spirit of challenge”. It’s great to see all that hard work roaring around the legendary Indy track, very special and certainly emotional for all of us.

The development of the 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with hybrid technology involves cutting-edge innovations unique to INDYCAR. The new engine will give the world’s most exciting and competitive racing series a roaring, powerful 800 horsepower as its baseline. Adding the hybrid system will give an extra 100 horsepower boost to eventually produce 900.

Power was already excited about the new engine’s performance, even without the hybrid components.

“Today was a big step in preparing the 2.4-litre engine for the 2024 season,” Power said. “It was immediately clear that Chevy had already worked a lot on this. It will obviously continue to get better and better. The Verizon 5G Chevy Team did 150 laps and I was impressed with the engine power throughout. I’m very excited about this addition to the series and look forward to continuing to help develop it.

A group of fans witnessed the test from the Viewing Mounds in the IMS infield, and Salters was impressed with their ability to identify a different engine sound from the new engines.

“Congratulations to the extremely knowledgeable fans in the social media world who noticed a deeper, gnarlier tone from our new HPD INDYCAR racing engine,” Salters said. “This is an entirely new design from HPD, and it certainly catches your eye. Not bad for a bio-powered, super-efficient racing engine. Kudos to those HPD racing wizards.

“We had a great test at Indy the last three days. Despite the chilly temperatures, our HPD racing engine is warm and ready for its hybrid friend to join the fun. We look forward to incorporating hybrid technology, increasing powertrain performance and making the great race that is INDYCAR even better.

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues on Sunday, April 10 for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and is simulcast on Peacock Premium. Coverage is also available on the INDYCAR radio network with audio available through the INDYCAR app powered by NTT DATA.

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