Honda Tests Next Gen IndyCar Internal Combustion Engine at Indianapolis

Honda Performance Development

Honda kicked off the first track test of its 2.4-liter internal combustion engine on Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The initial test is the final step as automakers Honda and Chevrolet continue development of an electrified powertrain set to make its NTT IndyCar Series racing debut in 2024. Scott Dixon, six-time IndyCar champion and current Honda driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, handles driving duties during the two-day IMS test.

“This is an important milestone for HPD, Honda and IndyCar as the series enters the era of electrification, and it was a successful day,” said David Salters, President and Chief Technical Officer of HPD, in a press release. “But there are still a lot of steps to go before the full hybrid power unit is launched in 2024.

“The all-new 2.4-liter E85 biofuel engine was designed, simulated, developed, bench-tested, engineered and assembled by the inspiring men and women of Honda at HPD in California. We set ourselves these challenges. to grow our people and our technology here at HPD. We are very proud of the incredible team at HPD and our Honda spirit of defiance. There is still a very, very long list of things to do before the unit of power is tested in competition, but this is certainly a major milestone for everyone at Honda Performance Development.

A second day of testing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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