Honda Performance Development (HPD) has announced plans to offer a new turbocharged V6 engine for LMP1 race cars beginning next year.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) has announced plans to offer a new turbocharged V6 engine for LMP1 race cars beginning next year.

Designed to comply with ACO's (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) new regulations, the HR22T engine is based on the turbocharged 2.2-liter V6 from the IZOD IndyCar Series. Specifications were not released but Honda said the engine was designed to work with a new energy recovery system that was jointly-developed with Magneti Marelli.

According to HPD Vice President Steve Eriksen, "The new rules say that if you are a private team, you can either run without energy recovery systems or choose to add the level of energy recovery that best suits your needs. This will allow our customers to choose the ERS solution that meets their needs – everything from no energy recovery up to the full eight Megajoule maximum." Eriksen went on to say the engine will provide private teams with the "technical sophistication they need to compete under the challenging new LMP1 regulations."

HPD also confirmed they are developing a coupe version of the successful ARX chassis with technical partner Wirth Research. It will be specifically designed to accommodate the new V6 engine and energy recovery system.

Check out the press release for additional information

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