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IMSA DPi To Convert To Hybrid In 2022 As Part Of New Green Initiatives
June 4, 2019
IMSA is working with current and interested OEM partners, along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), for the change to hybrid power.
IMSA DPi To Convert To Hybrid In 2022 As Part Of New Green Initiatives

IMSA President Scott Atherton and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Transportation and Climate Division Director Karl Simon unveiled plans for expanded IMSA Green initiatives both on and off the race track, which will come online over the next several seasons. The news came during a press conference last week.

As part of the announcement, Atherton confirmed that the next generation of Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race cars, which will begin competing at the start of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will use hybrid power.

“IMSA is working with our current and interested OEM partners and also with input and insight from the EPA and the [United States Department of Energy (DOE)] to finalize those regulations,” Atherton said.

IMSA also announced the goal for the next generation of GT Le Mans (GTLM) race cars to achieve Green Racing Cup status, the highest level of environmentally responsible racing—established by the EPA, DOE, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and IMSA—through implementing innovative engine and fuel technologies.

Other possible on-track initiatives include the ETCR, which would be a fully electric version of the TCR platform, as well as a possible ePrototype platform.

An off-track IMSA Green initiative also announced is IMSA’s participation as an affiliate of the EPA’s SmartWay program, which assists companies in using more efficient transport modes, equipment and operational strategies.

As a SmartWay Affiliate, IMSA can play a key role in supporting these objectives by improving fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and saving money within its transport sector.

IMSA will also explore non-traditional energy sources, including solar energy within the pits and paddock.

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Photo of Karl Simon and Scott Atherton courtesy of IMSA