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Old 02-09-2010, 08:03 PM
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American race car company, Swift Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce key motorsport partnerships with industry leading companies to further its bid to design and build the next generation race car chassis for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series ®.

“Given Swift is the leading US race car design and manufacturing company and our 27-year history was founded in motorsport, it is only natural that we aspire to partner with the nations’ premier open-wheel formula, the IZOD IndyCar Series,” Jan Wesley Refsdal, Swift’s president said.

Key business alliances have been cemented between Swift and Cray Inc. (The Supercomputer Company), Indianapolis-based Mark One Composites, Inc. and Cruden America, world leaders in motion racing simulators.

“Individually, each one of these partnerships is critical to Swift’s continuing commitment to motorsport; however, collectively and in conjunction with one another they will help us set new industry standards in innovative design, manufacturing and support,” Refsdal stated.
Swift’s strategic industry partnerships were carefully selected and cultivated through a focused effort to realize the challenge the IZOD IndyCar Series has set for its next generation car.

Cray supercomputers will be used at Swift’s facility to further enhance its capabilities in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), an important tool in the design and development of aerodynamic concepts. In conjunction with Swift’s existing on-site wind tunnel designs will be tested in accurate virtual models allowing for valuable driver feedback and performance data collection on Cruden’s state-of-the-art 3Ctr 6-DOF motion racing simulator which is soon to be operational at Swift.

“Speed-to-market is critical in any business, but probably more so in racing as the green flag doesn’t wait for anyone,” Refsdal said. “Rapid development is just as much about the speed and quality of the design process as it is manufacturing. We are evolving our four-year exclusive certified composite repair relationship with Mark One Composites, Inc. to provide further manufacturing and inventory support directly to teams from its Indianapolis-based facility.”

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Old 02-13-2010, 02:27 PM
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Cruden driver-in-the-loop simulators offer the most realistic and accurate solution by interfacing a virtual model of the vehicle and its environment to a real driver. This enables engineers to test and adjust suspension, chassis, power train and tire parameters - or compare and develop drivers - before the car even turns a wheel.

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Old 07-17-2010, 09:31 PM
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Attributes of safety, raceability, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, relevant technology, American-made, green and modern look have been rolled into the chassis strategy selection that was rolled out in the form of 3D renderings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The platform is a universal road/oval rolling chassis with an enhanced driver safety cell and an anti-wheel lock design that will be produced by long-time IZOD IndyCar Series partner Dallara Automobili at a state-of-the-art facility to be built on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. -- a few hunderd yards from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League offices.

The IndyCar Safety Cell will serve as the base, with bodywork (aero kits of front and rear wings, sidepods, engine covers) an open development area. Any manufacturer (including inhouse by teams) will be able to produce aero kits for the chassis with stipulations that the parts receive approval from the IZOD IndyCar Series, be available to all teams, undergo safety testing approved by the IZOD IndyCar Series and have a maximum price of $70,000. Each team can race two different aero kits from any manufacturer during a season. Dallara has a contract through 2015 to produce the IndyCar Safety Cell.

Dallara’s rolling chassis (encompassing everything but the driver's seat) will cost $349,000 -- a 45 percent price decrease from the current car. Dallara's aero kit the first year of the program will be available for $36,000, increasing to the $70,000 ceiling the second year. Total weight will drop 185 pounds to 1,380, with a minimum weight determined once variables with suppliers, including engine weight, are determined.

Increased will be the economic impact on the local and state levels with the production facility and supporting motorsports industries. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced that the first 28 rolling chassis ordered by Indiana-based teams will come with a $150,000 discount.

The companion 2012 engine strategy, which was announced June 2, includes turbocharged engines (to allow for flexibility in power) with up to six cylinders and 2.4 liters of displacement, tuned to produce between 550 and 750 horsepower to suit the diverse set of racetracks on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedle. An overtake assist system will provide a time-limited gain of up to 100 HP, and ethanol will remain the fuel.
Together, IZOD IndyCar Series officials project the complete rolling chassis/engine lease package to cost less than $1 million.

http://indycar.com/tech/content/38523-indycar-2012/

http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-...tion-for-2012/

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:38 PM
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Honda Performance Development is the first engine manufacturer to commit to the next generation of IZOD IndyCar Series car.

HPD president Erik Berkman announced before qualifications at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company is extending participation beyond expiration of its current supply agreement at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

HPD will continue to provide the Honda Indy V-8 engine to all competitors during the 2011 season, after which a 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 power plant, designed by HPD, will debut when new engine specifications take effect in the series in 2012.

The cost of a season-long lease for the 2012 Honda IndyCar engine will be reduced by up to 40 percent from current pricing. This follows a number of other significant cost reductions, which Honda has implemented since taking on the challenge of supplying the entire field of entrants in 2006. HPD has provided engines to the series since 2003.

“Through both robust and trying times, our commitment to open-wheel racing in America has never wavered,” Berkman said. “With today’s announcement, we are pleased to reaffirm that commitment, and extend it deep into the current decade. We've had meetings with the (Indy Racing League) and meetings directly with individual competitors to agree on how we can limit our escaltion of costs and yet have fair and reasonable competition.

“With a passionate and energetic new title sponsor in IZOD, dynamic new management at its helm, and plans to significantly reshape its on-track product in the near future, the IZOD IndyCar Series is poised for significant growth. We are delighted to take a role in that promising future.”

On June 2, IZOD IndyCar Series officials announced that its 2012 engine platform will allow manufacturers to produce engines with a maximum of six cylinders as well as maximum displacement of 2.4 cubic liters. The ethanol-fueled engines will produce between 550 and 700 horsepower to suit the diverse set of tracks on which the IZOD IndyCar Series competes and will be turbocharged to allow for flexibility in power.

"It shows commitment and dedication on their part, and we couldn't be happier both with*the job they've done in the competitive environment and their ability to step up and be our sole supplier from*2006 forward has been just phenomenal," said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and racing operations for the IZOD*IndyCar Series. "The performance and reliability is unmatched, and any time you get a company with the magnitude and caliber of Honda through HPD*joining your series it's a great thing."

Other manufacturers are welcome to join Honda in supplying engines, and IZOD*IndyCar Series CEO and team co-owner Gil de Ferran will travel to Europe in September to speak with potential manufacturers.

"The ICONIC Advisory Committee has researched future engine platforms with manufacturers, teams, drivers and fans, and they felt this strategy best highlights key attributes of the sport – speed, competition and diversity,”*Bernard said.*“We feel this open and all-inclusive platform will make our sport an attractive option to engine manufacturers, while allowing development of a relevant and innovative platform to the current and future automotive industry by highlighting efficiency, performance, durability, quality, environmental responsibility and safety.”

Founded in 1993 and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for American Honda high-performance racing cars and engines.

“By Honda extending its participation, I think it says a lot of what the IndyCar Series is now and where it’s going,”*said de Ferran, former sporting director of Honda's F1 program. “Manufacturers aren’t forced to participate in motorsports, and they’re not forced to participate in any one series per say. They do so because they choose to and because they can see the benefits that motorsports can bring to the business of selling road cars. Honda, as people like to say, is a racing company that happens to sell road cars.”

http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-...mula-for-2012/
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:33 PM
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Other manufacturers are welcome to join Honda in supplying engines, and IndyCar Series CEO and team co-owner Gil de Ferran will travel to Europe in September to speak with potential manufacturers.

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Tasked with heavily reducing the cost for an annual engine lease – a $935,000 expense in 2010 – Honda, through their southern California competition arm, Honda Performance Development, has committed to reducing the twin-turbo V6’s annual lease by “up to 40 percent.”

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Lotus will develop an aerodynamic package for the next-generation Dallara Indycar. The historic British brand, which won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, is already giving the KV Racing Technology team financial backing and technical assistance for this year's IndyCar Series.

It now plans to take advantage of the rule that allows teams to develop their own aerodynamic for the new Dallara one-make Indycar that will come on stream in 2012.

Lotus Cars motorsport director Claudio Berro said: "We plan to do our own bodykit. It is a natural evolution of our involvement in the IndyCar Series."

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Chevrolet's 2.4 liter twin turbo, direct injection V6 Indycar engine for 2012 revives the partnership with Ilmor Engineering.

"When you look at the IndyCar series," he observed, "the technologies that we're going to run in 2012 are the same that we need to apply to our production vehicles. The key things are smaller displacement, turbocharged and direct injection, which is a key technology. It's all about developing technologies that will allow us to achieve more efficient combustion and reduced friction."

Campbell added that working with ethanol will be useful for improving the efficiency of Chevy's expanding number of ethanol-fueled road cars.

"Running E85 is a good thing because we have that technology in many of our production cars," Campbell said. "We're using a lot of biofuel-capable engines now. Ethanol is certainly one of those and continuing to learn how to be really efficient with ethanol is really important."

Roger Penske said Chevrolet and Team Penske will collaborate to produce a distinctive Chevrolet 'aero kit' for its Indy cars in 2012.

http://www.gordonkirby.com/categorie..._is_no262.html

http://www.racer.com/2012-indycar-to...rticle/178763/

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Lotus supplies engines and aero body kits for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.

In a five year deal starting in 2012, Lotus, the UK based iconic sports and racecar manufacturer, will supply in-house engines and aero body kits for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Lotus will also create a motorsport facility in Indianapolis giving the company a base in the thick of the action for this exciting and adrenalin filled race series as well as being close to IndyCar engine and aero body kit customers.

Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus said: "Lotus is unique in the automotive world, no other car company has been more successful in such a wide variety of motorsports discipline, whether it is Le Mans, World Rally, Sportscars, F1 of course and IndyCar.

This year we teamed up with KV Racing for IndyCar and we will significantly increase our participation next year. However in 2012 IndyCar competitors will have the exciting opportunity to choose an IndyCar with a Lotus engine and aero body kit, immediately become part of a legacy that is Lotus: one of the most innovative and successful sports and racing car brands in the world."

Claudio Berro, Director of Lotus Motorsport said: "The history and DNA of Lotus is all about extracting the most performance out of a car in return for maximum efficiency and we are delighted to offer our engine and aero body kit to the 2012 IndyCar series.

"We will be using the knowledge gained from our extensive research into E85 bio fuel and turbo charged engines to ensure we extract the maximum performance. As you would expect from the company that pioneered aerodynamics in sports car and F1 racing over the years, our aero body kit will also be a world class solution. So all in all, will the 2012 Lotus IndyCar will be as innovative and revolutionary as the Lotus Type 38 that won in 1965 and changed Indy forever? Maybe – we'll have to wait and see!"

Randy Bernard, CEO of Indycar said: "Lotus is a renowned name in racing, with a long association with some of the greatest names of motorsports. We're honored Lotus has chosen to serve as an engine manufacturer for the first time."

The Lotus IndyCar engine will follow the agreed rules, namely 2.4 litre, up to 6 cylinders and turbo charged and producing between 550 and 700 horsepower to suit the diverse set of tracks on which the IZOD IndyCar Series competes. All engines will run on E85 with additional details on the fuel platform to be announced at a later date. Lotus will join Honda (Japan) and Chevrolet (USA) as an engine supplier.

http://www.lotuscars.com/news/en/lotus-position

http://www.racer.com/tony-cotmans-bl...MC-RACER_DAILY


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