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Press Snoop: Technical changes in the air

From 2014 both manufacturers will now be running the same 2.2-litre, twin-turbocharged Borg-Warner V6 engines (B7163, using E85 fuel.) IndyCar has mandated a longer engine mileage reliability cap of 2500 miles, up from the current 2000 miles, which will be even tougher for teams to achieve.

Although no decisions have yet been finalised, Phillips said a change to the current manufacturers championship points system is under consideration. It could include bonus points for engine reliability for those teams that meet or even exceed the 2500 mile cap, and penalty points for early engine changes rather than the current ten-place grid drop.

A decision on how to proceed on introducing a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is said to still be very much a work in progress.

Finally, Phillips revealed that IndyCar will be strengthening its technical resources over the coming months and that adverts have already been posted for additional aerodynamic technical staff members.

by Lynne Huntting



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