Chevrolet announced in late 2010 that it would make its return to the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 2012 season. Chevrolet has designed a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 racing engine powered by renewable E85 ethanol fuel.
By partnering with Team Penske to introduce the new engine, Chevrolet has reunited one of the most successful partnerships in motorsports. And their success is definitely speaking for itself. Through the first four races of 2012, a Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 race car has sat on every pole and won every race.
Chevrolet competed previously in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 105 races, powering six driver champions, and scoring seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
Direct injection and turbocharging are fundamental elements of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar engine package, and both are key technologies in several powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars today. Chevrolet’s best-selling model, the new Cruze compact, and America’s favorite sports car, the Camaro, are two examples of key Chevrolet products powered with direct injection engine technology.
How will the new Chevrolet V-6 engine perform at Texas Motor Speedway? We won’t have to wait long to find out.