Full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights, and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.
Mazda developed 2-litre MZR-PM18A (275 HP) prepared by Elite Engines, with maximum torque of 190 Ft. Lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.
Sadev SL82 six-speed sequential transmission with limited slip differential and fitted with optimized Pro Mazda gear ratio set controlled by a Magneti Marelli gearshift system.
Performance Friction Brakes ZR24 4-piston monobloc caliper with 274.0mm discs on both the front and rear axles. Driver adjustable brake bias.
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It is an exciting time for Indy Pro 2000 with the introduction of the new Mazda-powered Tatuus PM-18 chassis in 2018. Teams will take delivery of the new car in time for a concerted summer test and development program in 2017. During the transitional year, additional incentives are in place for competitors including an increase in the champion's Mazda scholarship from $601,700 to $790,300, bringing the total event and year-end prizes to over $1.1M, plus a one-day Indy Lights test for each of the top-three finishers in the championship and a new Indy Pro 2000 Rookie of the Year Mazda Car Award which features a new Mazda street car of choice to the winning driver.
INDY PRO 2000
The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as a new series in 2013, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder system bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
“With the first three days of prototype testing now complete, it’s clear that once again Tatuus and Elite Engines have hit another home run. Taking the already successful USF-17 and adding more downforce, bigger wheels and tires and 100 more HP plus a limited slip diff, my team headed by Scot Elkins has created an awesome race car that will break Pro Mazda track records right out of the box and be a delight to drive.
Dan Andersen - Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions.
“The car itself, with more horsepower and more downforce, is going to slot in well...It is going to close the gap to the Indy Lights car which is needed. Driving wise, it is quite a bit faster than the USF-17 and it has more mechanical grip. With the extra horsepower in this engine, you have to be cognizant of tire degradation in the rear which is good."
Joel Miller - Mazda factory sports car driver and USF2000 driver coach/steward
“We are close to having 1,000 miles on the car in just these three days. It has pretty much been trouble-free running. We were able to make all of the adjustments we needed, and the biggest thing is the new engine because the majority of the car is the same as the USF-17. Everything we have been doing in regards to the engine has been going very, very well. We had to do some adjustments for the shifting and some of the other systems to make it adjust for the extra 100 horsepower.
Scot Elkins - project manager and Race Director for USF2000.
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The PM-18 rolling chassis is priced at $61,800 and will be the series’ standard for at least the next five years. It replaces the Elan Pro Mazda chassis which was introduced in 2004 and provided the basis for a long list of talented young drivers to develop their skills, including Marco Andretti, Conor Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Spencer Pigot and Graham Rahal. The first shipment of cars will be available to teams in early July.
The debut of the PM-18 next season will complete a revitalization of the entire Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder system by Andersen Promotions – which oversees and operates all three levels – following introduction of the USF-17 this year and the Dallara IL-15 in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2015.
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