Honda Indy V8

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Honda Indy V8
a 2007-spec Honda Indy HI7R V8 engine
Manufacturer HPD-AHM Co.
Production 2003 (HI3R)
2004–2006 (HI4R)
2007-2011 (HI7R)
Combustion chamber
Configuration V8 normally-aspirated, 90° cylinder angle
Displacement 3,500 cc (3.5 L; 213.6 cu in) (HI3R and HI7R)
3,000 cc (3.0 L; 183.1 cu in) (HI4R and HI5R)
Cylinder bore 93 mm (4 in)
Cylinder block alloy Aluminum alloy
Cylinder head alloy Aluminum alloy
Valvetrain 32-valve, DOHC, four-valves per cylinder
Turbocharger No
Fuel system Keihin PGM-FI fuel injection
Management Motorola
Fuel type 100% fuel grade Ethanol provided by Sunoco
Oil system Dry sump
Power output 650-670 hp (485-500 kW) depending on push to pass mode @ 8000-10300 rpm
Torque output Approx. 430 N·m (317 ft·lbf) @ 8000 rpm
Dry weight 280 lb (127 kg) - no headers, clutch, ECU, spark box or filters
Successor Honda Indy V6

The Honda Indy V8 engine is a 3.5-litre normally-aspirated V8, developed and produced by HPD-AHM Co. for IndyCar Series. Honda Indy V8 was a highly-success IndyCar Series engine supplier from 2003 to 2011 seasons before replaced by Honda Indy V6 at the following season. Honda Indy V8 was unveiled at 2002 Tokyo Motor Show and assembled at HPD power assembly plant in Santa Clarita, California, USA in early 2003.

1st Generation (2003)[edit]

Honda debuted IndyCar Series as engine suppliers in 2003 season after a CART successful era. Developed by Ilmor. Designated as HI3R. HI3R's capacity was 3.5-liter. Honda supplied Andretti Green Racing, Team Rahal, Fernández Racing and Access Motorsports teams. Honda's 2003 stats were 3 pole positions, 6 fastest laps and 2 wins.


  • Dallara IR3
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2nd Generation (2004-2006)[edit]

Honda entered second season with great success in IndyCar Series. Developed once again by Ilmor. Designated as HI4R and HI5R. HI4R and HI5R's capacity was 3.0-liter. Honda was clearly dominant engine, scoring 33 poles, 35 fastest laps, 41 wins totally in three seasons including 3 Indianapolis 500s. Since Chevrolet and Toyota leaves IndyCar Series after 2005 season, Honda won exclusive tender IndyCar Series engine supplier for 2006 to 2011 season.


  • Dallara IR4
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  • Panoz PZ09C

3rd Generation (2007-2011)[edit]

This family was designed as a replacement for the HI5R but enlarged to better accommodate variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management while still generating good performance. HI7R's capacity reverted to 3.5-liters respectively since 2007 season.[1] HI7R engine was developed by Honda in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and assembled from delivery in Santa Clarita, California, USA (Honda Performance Development's current headquarters). HI7R engine supplied for all IndyCar Series teams. HI7R was highly-successful engine with 86 pole positions, fastest laps and wins respectively including 2008 Nikon Indy 300 exhibition race and 5 Indianapolis 500s. Due to IndyCar Series chassis and engine development freeze since 2008, IndyCar Series keeps Honda HI7R model until 2011 season due to citing costs.

During that time, since the IndyCar Series had only one engine manufacturer, Honda focused on minimizing engine failure and minimizing costs instead of defeating rivals. As such, the engines were moderately de-tuned. The engines proved themselves to be quite durable—there had been no engine failures at Indy from 2006 to 2010, which also lowered the number of crashes. Most of the engines, including those used for the Indy 500, are used for multiple races and were intended to last 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) between rebuilds.[2] The Honda engines were only available via lease arrangement from Honda, which, for the 2010 full season, cost $935,000 U.S. per season, per car.[3]

IndyCar Series engines are rev-limited to 10,300 rpm and produce approximately 650 hp. The valve train is a dual overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder. The crankshaft is made of alloy steel, with five main bearing caps. The pistons are forged aluminum alloy, while the connecting rods are machined alloy steel. The electronic engine management system is supplied by Motorola, firing a CDI ignition system. The engine lubrication is a dry sump type, cooled by a single water pump.

Year 2011 final specifications[edit]

  • Type: Atmospheric engine
  • Manufacturer: Honda Performance Development
  • Assembly plant: Honda Racing built Santa Clarita, California, USA
  • Designation: HI7R Indy V8
  • Configuration: V8 engine
  • V-angle: 90° cylinder angle
  • Displacement: 3,500 cc (3.5 L; 213.6 cu in)
  • Engine position: Mid-engined, longitudinally-mounted
  • Maximum engine operating temperature: Over 1,000 °C (1,832 °F)
  • Valvetrain: 32-valve dual-overhead cam (DOHC), four-valves per cylinder, four-camshafts
  • Valve springs: Wire type
  • Bore diameter: 93 mm (4 in)
  • Cylinder block: Aluminium alloy
  • Cylinder head: Aluminium alloy
  • Aspiration: Normally aspirated (no turbocharger)
  • Weight: Minimum dry weight is 280 lb (127 kg) - no headers, clutch, ECU, spark box or filters
  • RPM rev limit: 10300 rpm (league-supplied rev limiter), 10500 rpm on push-to-pass mode
  • Power output: 650-670 hp (485-500 kW) depending on push to pass mode @ 8000-10300 rpm
  • Torque: Approx. 430 N·m (317 ft·lbf) @ 8000 rpm
  • Push-to-pass: Yes
  • Maximum speed: 378-380 km/h (235-236 mph) depending on push-to-pass mode
  • Fuel: 100% fuel grade Ethanol provided by Sunoco[4]
  • Fuel delivery: Keihin PGM-FI fuel injection
  • Fuel mileage: 2-3.5 mile/gal depending on speed and fuel saving
  • Crankshaft: Alloy steel, 5 main bearing caps
  • Pistons: Forged aluminium alloy
  • Connectiong rods: Machined alloy steel
  • Filter: K&N Engineering
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Oil vendors: PEAK Motor Oil, Pennzoil Ultra (Team Penske), Valvoline, Quaker State
  • Radiator fluid: PEAK Antifreeze
  • Cooling: Single water pump
  • Water radiator: C&R Racing CR-IC-CPR001B MARSTON core water cooling system. Maintains engine coolant tempratures to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Oil radiator: C&R Racing CR-IC-CQC001B MARSTON core oil cooling system. Maintains engine oil temperatures to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Exhaust systems: 4-way silenced inconel exhaust header as hot engine exhaust exits through the header system. The exhaust tail pipes must have a tolerance of plus or minus 1/8 inches from the rear face of the exhaust shroud. The tail pipe must be trimmed parallel to the face of the shroud
  • Injector: Electronic
  • Battery: Bosch 12 volts
  • Spark Plugs: NGK
  • Engine management: Motorola
  • Ignition: Honda PGM-IG CDI[5]


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On February 10, 2012 Honda Indy V8 was honoured as "North American Race Engine of the Year" by Race Engine Magazine.[6]


  1. ^ "IRL to revert to 3.5-litre engines". Autosport ( August 31, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2006. 
  2. ^ Reitz, Victoria (2006-05-25). "Leveling the playing field". Retrieved 2003-04-13. 
  3. ^ "IndyCar confirms rule changes, cost savings". 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  4. ^ "IndyCar Series Technical Update Press Conference". 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  5. ^ "IndyCar Series 2007-2011 Specifications". 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Honda Indy V8 Honored by Race Engine Magazine". 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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