Time Is Ticking On Hybrid-Assist Device

IndyCar is in a battle against the clock with its hybrid-assist device that is scheduled to be on every car when the NTT IndyCar Series season opens March 10. IndyCar, along with its engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda, have been testing the hybrid-assist unit for the past three months. It increased to two Chevrolet teams and two Honda operations Oct. 12-13 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In early December, that will increase to a 10-car test as engineers and manufacturers try to remedy heat and reliability issues that have plagued the system. “But I think going forward, a lot of it is really how we use the system and the parts and pieces we have, and how that’s regulated on track and how the drivers use it, how the engineers interface with it, how we go racing. “I think to get to where all the teams have their hands on it, our goal is to have that before the end of the year,” Niles continued.

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