The NTT IndyCar Series’ next generations of engines got their first run in anger at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
The engine features 2.4 liters of displacement, up from the current 2.2- V6 formula. The motors also feature hybrid components which were not used at the test.
Cold weather delayed the action early, but two driver turned laps as conditions improved. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon drove the Honda powered car while Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden filled the bill for Chevrolet.
“This is an important step for HPD, Honda and INDYCAR as the series moves into the electrified era, and it was a successful day,” said David Salters, HPD president and technical director, “but there are many more steps to take before the full, hybrid power unit debuts in 2024.
“The all new 2.4-liter E85 bio-fueled engine has been designed, simulated, developed, dyno-tested, manufactured and assembled by the inspiring Honda men and women at HPD in California. We set ourselves these challenges to develop our people and technology here at HPD.
“We are very proud of the amazing team at HPD and our Honda “challenging spirit”. There is still a very, very long list of things to be accomplished before the power unit is tested in competition, but this is certainly a major milestone for everyone at Honda Performance Development.”
No lap times were recorded