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INDYCAR Car Comparisons

Below are the high-level specifications for the four open-wheel series sanctioned by INDYCAR


Scott Dixon

Verizon IndyCar Series

Model: Dallara IR-12 chassis (2012-present) with Dallara IR-18 aero kit.

Top Speed: Approximately 235 mph

Engine: Twin-turbocharged, 2.2-liter V-6

Horsepower: Approx. 550 – 700 depending on turbo boost.

Gearbox: Assisted six-speed paddle shift plus reverse

Fuel: Speedway E85 (blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline)

Tires: Firestone Firehawk (ungrooved racing slicks; grooved wet-condition tires for road/ street courses)

Wheelbase: 117.5-121.5 inches

Weight: Approximately 1,630 pounds (road/street courses) 1620 lbs (short oval configuration) and 1,590 pounds (speedway configuration), without fuel, driver and driver weight equivalent

Height: Approx 40 inches

Width: 76.5 inches maximum, 75.5 inches minimum (75.75 inches minimum for ovals) measured outside rim to rim.


Indy Lights - Rinus VeeKay

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Model: The Dallara IL-15 is a state-of-the-art, single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting FIA specifications with INDYCAR standards (headrests, seats, secondary pedal bulkhead, zylon panels). The Advanced Engine Research (AER) Indy Lights 2.0-liter, turbocharged I-4 powerplant is capable of running an entire season without a rebuild.

Top Speed: Approx. 210+ mph (Speedways)

Weight: 1380 - 1400 lbs./626 – 635 kg.

Length: 192 inches / 4876 mm

Wheelbase: 117 inches / 2971 mm

Width: 76 inches / 1930 mm

Engine: 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder

Horsepower: Approx. 450 HP plus 50 HP Push-to-Pass

Gearbox: Ricardo 6-speed semi-automatic

Tires: Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/INDYLIGHTS as manufactured by Cooper Tires

Electronics: Cosworth looms, data logger, dash, display and sensors; Life Racing ECU, paddle-shift kit, “drive-by-wire” throttle control, driver adjustable map settings


Indy Pro 2000 - Kyle Kirkwood

Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

Model: The Tatuus PM-18 is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANScompliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights, and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Top Speed: Approx. 165+ mph

Weight: 1146 lbs / 520 kg.

Length: 108 inches / 2743 mm

Width: 61 inches / 1549 mm

Engine: 2.0-liter Mazda developed MZR-PM18A is prepared by Elite Engines, with a maximum torque of 190 ft. lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

Horsepower: Approx. 275 HP

Gearbox: 6-speed sequential

Tires / Wheels: Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/INDYPRO2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires. Motegi Racing forged Techomesh mono-block alloy wheels, 13” x 10” and 13” x 12” (front and rear).

Additonal: PFC brakes; Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel with integrated dash and gear change paddles, Cosworth data logger; Dynamic dampers; and Hyperco springs.


Cooper Tires USF2000 - Hunter McElrea

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

Model: The Tatuus USF-17 is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights, and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Top Speed: Approx. 140+ mph

Weight: 1102 lbs / 500 kg.

Length: 108 inches / 2743 mm

Width: 61 inches / 1549 mm

Engine: 2-liter Mazda MZR engine, prepared by Elite Engines, which produces 175 horsepower and maximum torque of 160 ft. lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

Horsepower: Approx. 175 HP

Gearbox: 6-speed sequential

Tires / Wheels: Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires. Motegi Racing forged Technomesh mono-block alloy wheels, 13” x 8” and 13” x 10” (front and rear).

Additonal: PFC brakes; Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel with integrated dash and gear change paddles, Cosworth data logger; Dynamic dampers; and Hyperco springs.