A decade of Indy 500 technology

May 7, 2010
A decade of Indy 500 technology

Here are almost ten-years’ worth of Machine Design articles covering the technology and design changes, as well as some controversies, at the Indianapolis 500.


 2010 - IRL’s IndyCar chassis is getting a refresh. Officials are hoping to choose a chassis and engine platform for the 2012 season by June 1 of this year.  (Here's the full story.)

   2009 - Indy Car Racing Beefs Up Competition for Sluggish Economy: Despite measures to keep racing costs down, changes to tires, clutches, and exhaust systems were meant to spice up competition in the Indy Car Series.  (Here’s the full story.)
  2008 - Innovating Indy: Take a look at the technology behind timing the Indy race and communications between drivers and crew. Plus, students got a chance at redesigning Indy racers.  (Here’s the full story.)

2007 - The heck with spec: Indy cars are looking more and more alike. But that wasn’t always the case. Take a look back at some of the innovative and controversial cars that have raced at the Brickyard.  (Here’s the full story.)


2006 - Leveling the playing field: Race teams plan to all use the Honda engine. What will that do to competition? Plus a look at Firestone Firehawk tires.  (Here’s the full story.)


2005 - Indy power struggle: Indy Racing League officials cut engine displacement to trim speeds by about 10 mph. How will teams deal with it? And compare of pole speeds from 1996 through 2004. (Here’s the full story.)


2004 - Thirty days at the “Brickyard”: Indy race teams spend an entire month “dialing in” their race cars for the big race. Find out what they do to their cars during this month and how data acquisition plays a critical role. (Here’s the full story.)


2003 - Designs on the Winner’s Circle: A new three-year engine and chassis specification package focused on driver safety and more competition. (Here’s the full story.)


2002 - Runnin’ full throttle: GM Racing introduced an all-new small-block Chevy V8 while Infiniti honed its powerful 35A engine. And this was the first year without an Oldsmobile engine.  (Here’s the full story.)

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