INDIANAPOLIS — The NTT IndyCar Series remains committed to sustainability in the future, according to an update released by the series on Tuesday.
IndyCar is also continuing its path toward the introduction of a hybrid engine platform for the 2024 race season. This program is being developed through the collaboration of Ilmor, Chevrolet and Honda Performance Development.
Testing of the hybrid engine has commenced and will continue through the 2023 season. With the introduction of the hybrid motor, the 2.4-liter engine will be paused to allow theinnovative hybrid technology to be paired with the proven 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engines.
“We are most proud of the many advancements that the NTT IndyCar Series has made in leading the motorsports world toward a more sustainable future,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said. “The 2.2-liter IndyCar engines supplied by Honda and Chevrolet have provided the most competitive racing in the world. The 2024 hybrid engine package will provide even more excitement with horsepower increases over the current engine.”
Earlier this year, IndyCar announced a strategic partnership with Shell where the IndyCar Series will compete with 100 percent Renewable Fuel beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding on March 5, 2023.
In addition, all IndyCar team transporters supporting the series, will continue with 100 percent Renewable Diesel as they journey from their race shops to all 2023 race venues.
The eco-friendly Firestone Firehawk guayule race tire was introduced in August to the race circuit at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. This scalable, sustainable and domestic source of natural rubber will be utilized in 2023 as the alternate race tire in all IndyCar Series street races.
The 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season will begin Sunday, March 5 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding.