CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford and Cosworth Track Test New Champ Car Engine

NEW FORD-COSWORTH CHAMP CAR ENGINE HAS FIRST TRACK TEST Ford and Cosworth's new-for-2000 Champ Car engine turned its first laps Monday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The new engine ran impressively in it debut. Christian ...

NEW FORD-COSWORTH CHAMP CAR ENGINE HAS FIRST TRACK TEST

Ford and Cosworth's new-for-2000 Champ Car engine turned its first laps Monday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The new engine ran impressively in it debut. Christian Fittipaldi managed to get 75 miles in on the engine and was able to push the higher-revving powerplant to its new peak without any problems. Next year's Ford-Cosworth Champ Car engine is two inches shorter and 18 percent lighter than its predecessor, the XD, yet produces significantly more power. Unfortunately the test was shortened after Fittipaldi made contact with the turn one wall. The new engine had no role in the accident.

Bruce Wood, CART Program Manager, Cosworth Racing - "We were all very excited with the results we got from our first track test of our new engine. But that excitement was quickly tempered when Christian had his accident. It was very disappointing for Christian, the entire Newman-Haas team and us. Christian was having a breakthrough season up until this point. Hopefully he will recover quickly and be able to get back in the car very soon. We are still looking into the exact cause of the crash, but after examining the engine, we can safely say, it was not a factor in the accident."

"As far as the test went, it was extremely successful and Christian was very complimentary of the engine of the laps that he did complete. For a first test, it was far and away, the most successful one Cosworth has ever had. Although we only managed 75 miles, we didn't have a single hiccup. We got a lot of data and the things we wanted to prove and test such as the cooling system and lubrication systems which all proved to test out perfectly."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi