With a second straight championship in the IZOD IndyCar® Series, the 2013 season was an intense battle that came down to the wire, requiring the ideal integration of man and machine.
“It doesn’t get any closer than this,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “We came to this series looking for competition, and we found it.”
Chevrolet returned to IndyCar racing with the 2012 series, bringing an all-new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 engine, promptly winning the season’s first four races and clinching the IndyCar Series Manufacturers Championship before the season was even over.
Chevrolet competes as a way to develop and prove advanced technology for its passenger vehicles, and that’s been a huge element in the success of the IndyCar V6. The ability to reliably extract significant horsepower from a smaller-displacement engine is possible using technology that transfers readily to Chevrolet passenger car engines. The IndyCar engine twin turbochargers essentially replace cubic inches when it comes to providing extra muscle – the same way turbocharging helps 4-cylinder engines in the Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze provide power comparable to bigger engines, while maintaining exemplary fuel mileage.
The direct fuel injection used in the IndyCar engine is a feature found in multiple engines across the Chevrolet lineup, including the 1.8-liter engine offered in Cruze, the 2.0-liter engine in Malibu, and the Corvette Stingray 6.2-liter V8. The ability to reliably deliver maximum power, while using as little fuel as possible, is a recipe for success, not only on the racetrack but also on the street.
This year, the competition was formidable, due in part to some rule changes made by IndyCar regarding the engine mileage rule and how the points are won in the battle for the manufacturers crown. Going into the final race of the 19-race season, Chevrolet and Honda were tied for manufacturers championship points at 135 points each, and both manufacturers had nine wins apiece. The pressure was on the Chevrolet teams in Fontana, and they delivered.
Chevrolet will be back for 2014, battling for a third straight championship in the IndyCar Series, with some new teams and new drivers strengthening the Bowtie Brigade campaign.