IndyCar teams complete FINAL hybrid test

IndyCar teams complete FINAL hybrid test

Nearly all of the IndyCar drivers were on hand at Iowa Speedway for a test of hybrid powertrains, which will be used for the first time next weekend.

The series will switch to hybrid systems for next weekend’s Honda Indy200 event, which marks the full debut of technology used in Formula 1 for more than 10 years now.

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In preparation for this, the teams headed to the track last week for a final test and to test the newly repaved Iowa circuit.

According to reports, the hybrid systems functioned well during last Thursday’s test. No problems were reported with the electrified propulsion system throughout the test.

The Iowa Speedway is a historic track
IndyCar will use hybrid systems next weekend

Iowa Speedway IndyCar Test

IndyCar’s approach The new hybrid system is relatively conservative, and the series limits its ability to try to ensure there are no teething problems for the technology.

The test took place at the historic Iowa Speedway, which recently received a new surface that drew commentary from many drivers and teams.

“The repaving is great,” said racer Graham Rahal halfway through the test day. “The corners are so smooth. Faster than last year, for us, about seven-tenths of a second. For the pole-sitters maybe only a few tenths.

“Great grip. I think it’s going to open up the second lane maybe even more than before. I’m pretty excited about it. I think it’s going to be a great show here.”

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