IndyCar delays hybrid racers to 2023
You’ll have to wait a while longer before IndyCar embraces eco-friendly racing. The AP reports that IndyCar has delayed the adoption of hybrid engines by roughly a year, to 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The electric-assisted 2.4L twin-turbo V6 simply wasn’t going to be ready in time with coronavirus-related constraints in place.
Honda performance division President Ted Klaus characterized hybrids as essential, saying they were a “bridge to the future.” However, there’s also a certain amount of social pressure. With the electric Formula E league gaining traction (helped by Honda’s Formula 1 exit) and more governments planning to end sales of combustion engine vehicles, IndyCar risked looking out of touch if it stuck to purely gas-based engines.
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