Lotus plans to test engine upgrades at Mid-Ohio on Monday
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, June 29th 2012, 08:09 GMT|
The first round of updates aimed at closing the gap between Lotus and IndyCar engine rivals Honda and Chevrolet will be tested on Monday.
Engine development is frozen under series regulations, however a provision was made for any manufacturer to petition for a one-off dispensation to make changes if it could demonstrate that it was 2.5 per cent down on power relative to the rest of the field.
Lotus applied for and received permission to make specific changes to otherwise frozen parts last week after providing IndyCar engineers with data outlining the expected gains from the updates, and timeframes for their implementation.
The first of those updates will be tried out by HVM's Simona de Silvestro at Mid-Ohio on Monday, with subsequent modifications due to be rolled out at the Toronto round on July 6-8, Sonoma on August 26-28, and Baltimore on August 2-4.
IndyCar director of engine development Trevor Knowles said Chevrolet and Honda have been apprised of Lotus' modification schedule. Old parts remain homologated until 2013.