Honda Performance Development will continue its involvement in IndyCar through the 2012 season when new engine and chassis rules take effect. The current, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V8s will be replaced after the 2011 season with smaller displacement and lower cost units that are limited to 2.4-liters. Honda announced this weekend at the Mid-Ohio race that it will produce a new twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter V6 available for lease at a price 40-percent below the current engine's price.

The new formula is open to all manufacturers, but so far Honda has been the only company to commit to the new engines. Honda has been the sole supplier of IndyCar engines since 2006 following Chevrolet's withdrawal from the series.


  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Team GoDaddy.com Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Marco Andretti drives the #26 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda ahead of Milka Duno of Venezuela during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Simona De Silvestro of Switzerland, driver of the #78 Team Stargate Worlds HVM Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Vitor Meira of Brazil, driver of the #14 ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during the warm up session prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott Dixon
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Ryan Briscoe of Australia, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda leads Takuma Sato of Japan, driver of the #5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology Dallara Honda during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, KY - AUGUST 06: Takuma Sato of Japan, driver of the #5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology Dallara Honda drives during practice on August 6, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Ryan Briscoe of Australia drives the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Bertrand Baguette of Belgium drives the #36 Conquest Racing RACB Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Helio Castroneves of Brazil drives the #3 Team Penske Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Will Power of Australia drives the #12 Team Penske Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Justin Wilson of England, driver of the #22 Team Z-Line Designs Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • IRL driver Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, drives during qualifying for the IndyCar Series' Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in Lexington, Ohio. Castroneves qualified in sixth position. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • IRl driver Ryan Hunter-Reay drives during qualifying for the IndyCar Series' Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in Lexington, Ohio. Hunter-Reay qualified in fourth position, (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Danica Patrick drives the # 7 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD Indycar Series Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Justin Wilson of England drives the # 22 Team Z-Line Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD Indycar Series Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Dario Franchitti of Scotland drives the # 10 Target Chip Ganassi Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD Indycar Series Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Alex Tagliani of Canada drives the # 77 FAZZT Race Team Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD Indycar Series Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Tony Kanaan of Brazil driver of the #11 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Ryan Briscoe of Australia drives the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 07: Alex Tagliani of Canada drives the #77 Fazzt Race Team Dallara Honda during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 7, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Team GoDaddy.com Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Ryan Briscoe of Australia, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during the warm up session prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara Honda drives during the warm up session prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Ryan Briscoe of Australia, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda drives during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Dallara Honda during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danica Patrick
  • LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Dallara Honda during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 on August 8, 2010 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danica Patrick

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Honda to Adopt New IndyCar Engine Formula
HPD to Supply Series with New, Turbocharged V-6 Starting in 2012
08/07/2010 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

Honda Performance Development, Inc., the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., today announced plans to adopt the new engine formula for the IZOD IndyCar Series, extending participation beyond expiration of its current supply agreement at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

HPD has provided engines to the Series since 2003, and has served as the single engine supplier to America's premier open-wheel racing formula since 2006. HPD will continue to provide the current Honda Indy V-8 engine to all IndyCar competitors during the 2011 season, after which a new 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 power plant, designed by HPD, will debut when new engine specifications take effect in the series in 2012.

The cost of a season-long lease for the 2012 Honda IndyCar engine will be reduced by up to 40 percent from current pricing. This follows a number of other significant cost reductions which Honda has implemented since taking on the challenge of supplying the entire field of IndyCar entrants in 2006.

"Through both robust and trying times, our commitment to open-wheel racing in America has never wavered," said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development. "With today's announcement, we are pleased to reaffirm that commitment, and extend it deep into the current decade.

"With a passionate and energetic new title sponsor in IZOD, dynamic new management at its helm, and plans to significantly reshape its on-track product in the near future, the IndyCar Series is poised for significant growth," Berkman continued. "We are delighted to take a role in that promising future."

In 2010, HPD and technical partner Ilmor Engineering continue to prepare and maintain the engines used by all teams during competition in the season-long IndyCar Series, which includes the Indianapolis 500.

In an open-wheel racing history that dates to 1994 - beginning with nine seasons (1994-2002) in the former CART/Champ Car Series - Honda has recorded 170 race victories, 12 drivers' championships, 10 Manufacturers' Championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories.

From April, 2007 through August, 2009, more than 40 drivers and teams completed 44 consecutive IndyCar Series races without the loss of a single Honda Indy V-8 engine. This total of 244,880 racing miles with 100 percent reliability exceeds the average
distance from the earth to the moon.

For the fifth consecutive year, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field in May's Indianapolis 500, and for a record-extending fifth consecutive time - the only five times in Indy 500 history - there was not a single engine failure.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 also marked the 100th Honda victory in IndyCar Series competition. The company recorded its 105th win on July 25, in the most recent IndyCar event at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for American Honda high-performance racing cars and engines. In addition to its role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD is active in a variety of motorsports activities from pinnacle through grassroots, including this year's class win in its inaugural attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For more information, explore the HPD website, at http://hondaracing.com/hpd .

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