There are some things to really, really love about this car and some things to be annoyed by that have nothing to do with the car. You are looking at the 1980s Lola Indy Car that Arie Luyendyk drove to several top 10 finishes in 1986 and 1987 and competed at the Indy 500 with. While his Indy drive in this thing was one of the more forgettable of his storied career, the machine is amazing. 100% perfectly preserved right down to the nuts and bolts holding the turbocharged Cosworth DFX engine together, it is a look back at what Indy car racing was some three decades ago. Other stuff to love? David Hasselhoff was one of the owners of this thing when Luyendyk was driving it! In the realm of happy financial endings, famous people and athletes owning race cars usually conclude more like a Wes Craven movie than a Frank Capra flick. We’re not sure if the Hoff bled money into this thing but we’re guessing that he did, because what else was there to do with it? The chassis is a T8600 … [Read more...] about 1980s Indy Car Was Owned by Hasselhoff Cosworth engine
When the 1960s rolled around, all of a sudden every single assumption anyone ever had was open to debate: Who says those guys can’t vote? Who says that particular half of the population has to stay home and raise babies? Who says race cars have to be powered by piston engines mounted in the front? Racing at Indianapolis was one of the many apple carts overturned by the tumult of that decade. First, the engines shifted to the back, behind the driver. Then, the whole idea of internal combustion got a rethinking. Why, for instance, did power have to come from pistons thwack-thwack-thwacking up and down in a line? Why not try something completely different? Only a few short years after the rear-engine revolution at Indy, along came Andy Granatelli, STP and Pratt & Whitney to upset the whole apple cart again with the gas turbine, a massive side pod of a goiter slung onto the car next to the driver like a gargantuan, 171-mph sausage delivery wagon. Granatelli Turbine IndyCar … [Read more...] about We drive the Granatelli STP Turbine Indy car!
Calling all student Indy-car tech wannabes who would like to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:Casey Putsch, founder and president of the Genius Garage program based in Bowling Green, Ohio, is kicking the tires on another dream project for student engineers interested in getting into racing. This time, Putsch is gauging interest in a project to put a 1996 Reynard Indy car on the Formula 1 track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The idea would be to have a have a car ready for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Aug. 1-4, to race against other Indy and F1 cars. Students from all over the world are invited.While the application process has yet to begin, Putsch is happy to take names and answer questions from prospective student engineers for the project."I want to give you people the chance I never had," Putsch said. "I want to do something that that would change their lives, that would take their resumes from the bottom of the pile and put it on the top, that would set … [Read more...] about Genius Garage out to put a 1996 Reynard Indy car back on the racetrack
Note the slanted engine cover on Chevy’s IndyCar … … While Honda’s has a more horizontal cover. Last month’s Indianapolis 500 marked the 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which originated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911. (The math doesn’t work out for the intervening year span because the race wasn’t run during World War I and World War II.) While the early races featured many cars that were essentially stripped-down production models – with wildly different specifications – it quickly became a contest between specially built racing machines. And in recent years, those machines have been primarily differentiated by what engine was powering them. To even the odds, IndyCar race cars have long used engines that had to meet the same general specifications – though those specifications have changed quite a bit over the past two decades. In 1996, they were turbocharged V8s and V6s. The … [Read more...] about What Engines Power Today’s Indy Cars?
A more advanced LED system will be in place on all Indy cars beginning with next week’s season-opening race, the March 10 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.The LED displays are intended to better assist fans with understanding how each driver is performing in every session this season and to aid the efforts of the AMR IndyCar Safety Team in attending to disabled cars.Among the items that the LEDs can display during any NTT IndyCar Series session are:1 -- A car's running position on the leader board, updated each time it crosses a timing loop, signified by a red number;2 -- When the driver has engaged the push-to-pass overtake assist button, signified by a flashing green "PP";3 -- A clock timing a car's pit stop, shown in red numbers counting up by tenths of a second until a pit stop reaches double-digit seconds, then in each increasing second;4 -- The ability to show whether a disabled car's engine is running, allowing the AMR IndyCar Safety Team to more … [Read more...] about LED display panels returning to Indy car chassis