Honda Details Twin-Turbo V6 Indy Engine

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With the 2014 IndyCar Series season just around the corner, Honda, one of two engine suppliers for this year’s championship, has released new details on its brand new V6 unit.
Codenamed HI14RTT, the 2.2-liter (134-CI) twin-turbocharged V6 aluminum units features a dual overhead camshaft with four valves per cylinder, an alloy steel crankshaft, forged aluminum alloy pistons and machined alloy steel connecting rods.

Fitted with an in-house fuel injection driver control unit and Drive-By-Wire electronic throttle control, the aluminum alloy engine utilizes a McLaren Electronics engine control unit (ECU) and sends power to the wheels via a six-speed sequential, paddle-operated transmission.

As mandated by the sanctioning body, the unit weighs about 250 pounds (112.5 kg) and runs on E85 race fuel.

Honda’s new V6 will provide motivation to 13 single-seaters to be run by six teams, including Andretti Autosport, A.J. Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Sarah Fisher Hartman and Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.

The remaining five teams, including Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske, will utilize Chevrolet power.

"We've been encouraged by the performance of the new Honda Indy V6 and the improvements we've made during the off-season," said Mark Crawford, HPD project leader for the IndyCar program. "We believe we have a great lineup of teams and drivers, including a good balance of proven race winners and promising new stars. We're looking forward to the start of the 2014 season on the streets of St. Petersburg, and taking on the challenge presented by Chevrolet in the battle for the Manufacturers' Championship."

The 2014 IndyCar Series season will commence on March 30 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The championship will include 18 events, with the final race scheduled on August 30 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
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