DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Sports Network) - NASCAR revealed on Friday it plans to replace carburetors with fuel injection systems for its Sprint Cup Series cars in 2012.
The sanctioning body has partnered with McLaren Electronic Systems, which is headquartered in Woking, England and has a subsidiary in Huntersville, NC, and Austin, TX-based Freescale Semiconductor to develop and integrate fuel injection systems.
Carburetors have been used in NASCAR’s top-tier series since its inception in 1949.
NASCAR will work with teams to test the technology during this season, with the anticipation of the systems being rolled out next year.
“This move gives us an additional opportunity to incorporate the best technology in our race cars that will enhance the sport in a variety of ways,” NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said. “This is a positive step that will provide greater fuel efficiency and a greener footprint, while maintaining the same great competition we have seen on the race track.”
Freescale will provide the processors for McLaren’s engine control units, which will be used to manage the fuel and ignition systems in the engines for all Sprint Cup cars.