Magneti Marelli: First Sponsor Victory in the IZOD IndyCar Series
MILAN and DETROIT, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Thanks to Simon Pagenaud from the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Team
The victory seals the presence of Magneti Marelli in the USA both in motorsport and in
the technologies for production vehicles, with an increasing industrial footprint.
Simon Pagenaud, top driver of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, sponsored by
Magneti Marelli, last Sunday won the second race of the Belle Isle (Detroit) round of the
IZOD IndyCar Series. This is the first victory ever for Simon Pagenaud and for the Schmidt
Peterson team in the IZOD Indycar Series and also the first success for Magneti Marelli in
the Formula Indy as a team sponsor as well as technology supplier.
Magneti Marelli is technical sponsor of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team with its
logo present and visible on the side and nose of Pagenaud’s single-seat car.
Magneti Marelli Motorsport provides powertrain technology and fuel components to
different teams of the IZOD IndyCar Series and it’s also a technical partner of Honda
Perfomance Development (HPD).
The partnership with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team is part of the framework of
the strategic presence of Magneti Marelli within the context of international motorsport,
in the shape of technological laboratory and incubator for the development of new
technologies and solutions with possible application in production cars, fueling and
inspiring new “green” solutions within the context of “sustainable mobility”.
High performances and eco-sustainability, a binomial that used to be judged unusual in
the past, are driven by the growing need for cost, consumption and emission reduction
where the link between the world of motorsport and ordinary cars assumes even greater
importance, for example in relation to powertrains (hybrids and GDI) and infotainment
systems (broad-band data transmission systems).
This element is also proving to be of interest in the USA where the EPA (United States
Environmental Protection Agency) has established for the future precise standards in terms
of energy efficiency in the transport sector, indicating strict targets of average “miles
per gallon” consumption for fleets of new vehicles.
Motorsport is also one of the flagship activities of Magneti Marelli in the USA, a
country in which the company has had an established industrial presence since 1976 and a
strategic partnership with Mopar for the distribution of all-makes components in the north
American aftermarket. The footprint of Magneti Marelli in the NAFTA area extends between
Auburn Hills (MI), Sanford (NC), Pulaski (TN), El Paso (TX) in the USA and Juarez to
Tepotzoplan in Mexico in the business areas of powertrain, electronic systems, lighting,
exhaust systems and suspensions.
Within the Lighting sector in particular, on 16 June Magneti Marelli will open a new
production site at Pulaski, Tennessee. In relation to the issue of vehicle energy
efficiency, together with areas such as powertrain, infotainment, exhaust systems and
light-weight materials, lighting technology is of strategic importance as the combination
of evolved lighting solutions such as LED and Xenon 35 and 25 Watts for the various
functions of front and rear lighting are capable of significantly affecting consumption
and emissions of cars, to the point of a reduction of 2 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Returning to motorsport, in the 2013 season that is already underway, Magneti Marelli
has further expanded its presence as supplier of strategic systems and components for the
main teams in the most important motorsport competitions worldwide. Examples include:
injectors on all the single seaters in Formula 1, KERS and telemetry systems for a number
of top teams in F1, vehicle control units and data acquisition devices (Data Logger) in
the WRC, engine electronic control units, data acquisition and other components in MotoGP
and SBK, telemetry systems in Le Mans Prototypes (LMP), complete powertrain systems for
GP2 and GP3 series, sole supplier of the Data Logger in championships such as WRC, WTCC
and CTCC in China and powertrain components in the IZOD championship IndyCar Series in the
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