CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Ford-Cosworth XF Facts

Ford-Cosworth Performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway Wins: 2 (Andretti in 1997,1998) Poles: 0 1999 Driver Performance: Andretti Started fifth . .Finished second in 1999 event . Led two laps Fittipaldi ...

Ford-Cosworth Performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Wins:           2       (Andretti in 1997,1998)
Poles:          0

1999 Driver Performance:

Andretti        Started fifth . .Finished second in 1999 event . Led two laps
Fittipaldi      Started 16th  . .Finished ninth
Papis           Started 15th . . Finished fifth 
Brack           Competed in IRL

Fernandez Started second . Finished 20th after oil leak caused contact with turn three wall Moreno Did not compete

Carpentier      Started third . .Finished seventh . . .led one lap
Tagliani        Competed in Toyota Atlantics    
Kurosawa        Competed in Formula 300/Formula Nippon
Salles          Did not compete

Ford-Cosworth XF

Smaller, Lighter, Faster

Ford-Cosworth will supply engines to more Champ Cars, ten, than any other manufacturer involved in the series. The XF is two inches shorter and 18-percent lighter (55 pounds) than the XD and revs at a range approaching 16,000 rpm.

Testing, testing, testing

Although the Ford-Cosworth XF engine has yet to turn a lap in competition, it already benefits by 15,000 miles of track time logged by Ford teams during the off-season -- that's three times as many miles the XD had on it prior to its first race in 1996.

Proven Reliability

On March 3, 2000, Player's-Forsythe racing's Alex Tagliani logged the first full-race distance test at Homestead Speedway in preparation for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami.

With Alex Tagliani behind the wheel, the team ran 150 laps non-stop with simulated yellows and a sequence of three pit stops. Cosworth engineers reported no engine-related problems during the 325-mile run.

Quick Engine Changes

Cosworth engineers work tirelessly to make everything about the XF quick - both on and off the track.

Realizing engine changes are part of the game, Cosworth engineers employed a modular design with the XF simplifying many of the peripheral pieces and parts such as oil and water system fittings, allowing teams to salvage critical track time during a session. Time that can be the difference between starting up front or mid-field.

Cosworth engineers have designed the XF to be changed in 35 minutes compared to the 45 minutes it took teams utilizing the 1999 XD powerplant. Ten minutes may not seem like much, but when drivers are circling Miami-Homestead Speedway in 25 seconds . . . that ten minutes equates to 24 laps.

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