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Drivers welcome 2011 turbo switch

Postby Pepper » Sun 24 Aug, 2008 12:37 pm

News that the IndyCar Series will scrap its naturally aspirated formula and switch to turbos in 2011 has been met with enthusiasm from most drivers.

They have been lobbying Indy Racing League leaders for turbochargers - a staple of American open-wheel racing for decades - since the league unified with former Champ Car teams earlier this year and were pleased with the news.

"If it's turbo, I get a bigger kick out of it," said Tony Kanaan. "That's why most of my cars have turbos. They're just that much more fun to drive."

"That's what this type of racing was all about back in the day," Helio Castroneves said. "It's going to be awesome. Hopefully we'll be in good shape. It will be fun."

IndyCar officials confirmed the intended change on Saturday, telling the Indianapolis Star that the formula will be used with either four or six-cylinder engines.

League officials said they have the interest of two or three manufacturers aside from Honda, the current engine supplier, if turbos are implemented.

"They're going to change the cars, too, so it will be a big challenge," Kanaan said. "I don't know what else will change, but I'm sure that won't be all. And for those of us who have gotten used to naturally aspirated engines, it will be a major difference. We're going to have to get used to it again."

When told that league officials were considering an increase from 650 horsepower to as much as 750, Castroneves smiled. "Now we're talking," he exclaimed.

The transition to turbos stands out because it was one of the periphery reasons behind the split and one of the first things to change after the Indy Racing League began racing separately from CART in 1996. The IRL used existing CART equipment in 1996, but switched to naturally aspirated engines in 1997.

One issue was with the pop-off valves used to regulate boost on the turbochargers, following accusations that teams and manufacturers were manipulating the valves.

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Re: Drivers welcome 2011 turbo switch

Postby CrazyChick » Sun 24 Aug, 2008 8:44 pm

This might encourage other engine suppliers to enter the sport, as they would be starting on an even keel.

don't think other engine suppliers will enter otherwise, as Honda have a big advantage at the moment.
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Re: Drivers welcome 2011 turbo switch

Postby The hairy Boots on » Sun 24 Aug, 2008 10:13 pm

Yay :wav: A couple of months back, most of the worlds auto manufacturers were invited to be involved in the future engine regs of Indycars.

This seems to be what they have decided on, which is great news and maybe it will attract some of them to come over (though that will inevitably mean some cars will have an engine advantage, which they don't have now)

Also the boost in BHP to 750 should be good fun too. Might make for more slipstreaming on the ovals.

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