IndyCar’s move to require the use of twin turbos in 2014 has required Honda Performance Development to prepare an updated configuration for its Indy 500-winning single-turbo V6 engine, and as RACER has learned, HPD will press its 2.2-liter twin-turbo powerplant into service for the first time during Tuesday’s official series test at Fontana.
The majority of IndyCar Series teams will test on the 2.0-mile southern California oval in preparation for the season finale event on Oct. 19. Schmidt Hamilton Racing’s Simon Pagenaud, who sits third in points with three rounds remaining in the championship, is expected to split his time between his primary No. 77 Hewlett Packard single-turbo Honda and a spare car fitted with the 2014 twin-turbo system.
Pagenaud and his engineer Ben Bretzman have a long history of working with HPD on development projects from their time with the manufacturer in the American Le Mans Series, and with the Schmidt team having recently signed an engine supply extension with HPD (while others have yet to commit to the brand for 2014), their selection to conduct the first track test of the marque’s TTV6 is a natural choice.