IndyCar will adopt a single-source hybrid system in its race cars for the 2022 season.
The hybrid system marks a step away from the traditional, manual-held electric starters to a hybrid component to get the car going that can be activated by the driver from the cockpit.
It will work in parallel with the internal combustion engines from Honda and Chevrolet, combining hybrid technology with the traditional power plants to produce 900 horsepower.
Energy recovery for the hybrid technology will be created by the car’s braking system, similar to the hybrid systems used in LMP1 in recent years.
It is believed that the implementation of the hybrid systems will enhance the push-to-pass system and improve the pace and overall time of races.
The system will also improve safety, with drivers able to restart their car quickly should it stall on-track
“It’s an exciting time for IndyCar with the forthcoming evolution of the cars and innovations like the hybrid powertrain being incorporated into the new engine,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said.
“As we move toward the future, we will remain true to our racing roots of being fast, loud and authentic, and simultaneously have the ability to add hybrid technology that is an important element for the series and our engine manufacturers.”
The 2019 IndyCar season continues at Pocono Raceway from August 17-18.