By: Tanner Watkins
December 19, 2018 | 9:31 AM
Long time IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 partner BorgWarner will stay integrated in the open-wheel community through 2020, in an announcement released by the company this morning. BorgWarner is slated to continue as the series’ official turbocharger supplier for the next two IndyCar seasons.
“BorgWarner is honored to continue its partnership with INDYCAR and the IndyCar Series, America’s premier open-wheel racing series,” said Scott Gallett, vice president marketing, public relations, government affairs and internal communications, BorgWarner Inc.
“Our EFR turbochargers are the perfect match for INDYCAR, with their advanced engineering, low weight
The official turbocharger provider since IndyCar changed engine formulas in 2012, BorgWarner has completed a self-reported “1.25 million trouble-free miles” as the dedicated part provider.
BorgWarner turbochargers are designed and manufactured in the United States. Assembled in Asheville, North Carolina, the popular BorgWarner EFR turbocharger is available to the public just as it is to race teams. The latest BorgWarner turbocharger
- Low-weight Gamma-TiAI (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels and shaft assemblies for quick boost response,
- Patent-pending dual-row ceramic ball bearing cartridges for more thrust capacity, durability and turbine efficiency at low expansion ratios,
- and investment-cast stainless-steel turbine housing for increased efficiency, improved durability and corrosion resistance.
BorgWarner’s IndyCar roots run deep, dating all the way back to 1935 with the creation of a commemorative trophy that honored winners of the Indianapolis 500. In 1936, the company commissioned a sterling silver trophy to again recognize winners of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
The latter trophy is now known as one of the most iconic prizes in all of professional sports, aptly named the Borg-Warner Trophy. Originally purchased at a price of $10,000, the Borg-Warner Trophy is valued at approximately $3.5 million, and it even has its own Twitter account.
Header image by Christopher Owens/INDYCAR.