CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Magneti Marelli Review

Magneti Marelli Earns First CART Win at the U.S. 500 BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 1998) -- Greg Moore put his name in the Italian history books today with his win at the U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway. Moore’s victory was the first for...

Magneti Marelli Earns First CART Win at the U.S. 500

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 1998) -- Greg Moore put his name in the Italian history books today with his win at the U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway. Moore’s victory was the first for the Italian electronics manufacturer Magneti Marelli in the CART FedEx Championship Series. The Magneti Marelli electronics and fuel management system, which was custom-designed by Marelli specifically for the Mercedes-Benz IC108E engine, debuted in CART competition at Nazareth Speedway on April 27. Development of the system began in May 1997. "The engineers at Magneti Marelli have made progress by leaps and bounds this year," said Moore, whose win was the second of the season for himself and the Mercedes-Benz IC108E. "I think the main advantage of the Marelli system is the amount of data it gives us during the race. The Marelli system gives us more information for both my crew and the Mercedes-Benz engineers to make the car better as the race goes on."

The Magneti Marelli system consists of the "black boxes" (engine control module, alternator control box, data logger), fuel injectors, ignition coils, alternators and special steering wheel-mounted dashboard with data display. The systems were tailor-made to Mercedes-Benz’s specifications.

"We could not have won this race without Marelli," said Paul Ray, vice president of Ilmor Engineering, the race-engine design and manufacturing arm of Mercedes-Benz. "Their electronics allow us to make precise adjustments to the engine when we need to save fuel or, like today, turn up the power. Greg was able to make the adjustments using the dashboard controls mounted on the Marelli steering wheel, and that enabled him to win the race." "We started this project in May of last year, and by November we had a system on the dynamometer at Ilmor’s headquarters in Brixworth (England) for the first tests," said Giancarlo De Angelis, manager of Magneti Marelli’s motor sports department. "Developing this system so quickly could only be accomplished through extensive teamwork and good communication, which is exactly what we have in our relationship with Mercedes."

Magneti Marelli, a $3.9 billion manufacturer of automotive components and systems, has supplied electronic components to the teams that have won the last five Formula One Constructor’s Championships. Already a supplier to Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Harley-Davidson, the business goal for Magneti Marelli is to increase its presence in North and South America. Magneti Marelli currently manufactures components and systems comprising nearly 30 brand names worldwide. Magneti Marelli has 50 plants worldwide in 16 countries, including two current U.S. sites in Detroit and Sanford, N.C. Founded in 1919 for the production of magnetos for Fiat, the company now boasts a workforce of 25,000. Magneti Marelli’s major product lines include engine control systems, instrument panels, air conditioning systems, lighting, fuel delivery systems, mirrors, exhaust systems, mechanical and electronic components and lubricants.

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