News from Team IlmorIssue No. 11

Kicking off the 2012 IndyCar season with a win!


In November 2010, Chevrolet announced that it would return to IndyCar racing with its former partners Roger Penske and Ilmor Engineering (parent company to Ilmor Marine). Since then, Chevy has been working closely with Ilmor to develop and test a new state of the art engine for the 2012 series: a 700HP, 12,000RPM, twin-turbo, direct-injected 2.2 liter V-6 engine powered by E-85 fuel.

Continuing their rich heritage of motorsport success, Team Chevy has partnered with five of the top racing organizations in IndyCar for 2012: Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, Ed Carpenter Racing, KV Racing Technology and Panther Racing.

Sunday, March 25, marked the official start of the series with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a challenging 100 lap street course. This was the first race for the new Chevy engine, competing against serious contenders Honda and Lotus. There was tremendous excitement and anticipation surrounding the engine's debut, and by the end of the weekend, Chevrolet powered teams dominated qualifying and the winners' podium.

Team Chevy drivers took the top five positions after qualifying. Throughout the race, several Team Chevy drivers led the pack, with Helio Castroneves of Team Penske winning the race. In fact, six Chevy-powered cars placed among the top ten finishes - An amazing feat!

The excitement doesn't end there. Be sure to watch Team Chevy and Ilmor race again at the next IZOD IndyCar Series race on April 1st (this weekend) at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

To learn more about the IZOD IndyCar Series and see the season schedule, visit

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About Ilmor

Ilmor Engineering was founded in 1984 when engineers Mario Illien (IL) and Paul Morgan (MOR) reached out to Roger Penske with a plan to build a better engine for the IndyCar racing series. Since then, legendary drivers like Andretti, Unser, and Castroneves have all driven cars powered by Ilmor engines.  Ilmor now has over 250 IndyCar race wins, 17 Indianapolis 500 victories, 44 Formula 1 wins, and two Formula 1 World Championships. Ilmor continues to design and manufacture engines for IndyCar, NASCAR, ARCA, USAC Midget, and Desert Truck.


In 2003, Ilmor applied its expertise to the marine industry, and created a completely unique engine for high performance powerboats based on the 8.3L Dodge Viper V-10. In 2007, Ilmor expanded its competitive tradition into powerboat racing, winning three consecutive World Championships in Powerboat P1 racing and capturing an APBA / SBI (USA) Championship in the P1 class with manufacturing partners Fountain Worldwide and Chaudron Powerboats.


The positive response to Ilmor's products and customer service has resulted in Ilmor becoming a major supplier of powerboat engines and drives to boat makers all over the world, paving the way for product expansion. In 2008, Ilmor began designing a series of inboard GM-based V-8 engines, each with unique Ilmor developed parts for durability, efficiency and performance. In 2010, Ilmor opened its state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot marine engine assembly and test facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, specifically committed to managing the long term growth of our marine products.


Ilmor still follows the same principles put in place by its founders: innovative solutions, precision engineering and manufacturing, high quality, reliable products, and unrivaled customer support.


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