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CART’s franchise board (its team owners) met after the race in Denver to further tune the series’ 2003-04 rules package. One of the more significant changes from this season will be a return to road course wings for races on short ovals. The idea is to increase downforce and aerodynamic stability and improve the chances of side-by-side racing on one-mile tracks.

Of course, even if the new aero package works as intended, it might not have a huge impact on the show. CART has only one short oval—Milwaukee—confirmed on its 2003 schedule.

Three Ford-powered teams (Rahal, Player’s/Forsythe and Herdez) will test the new package at Milwaukee on Sept. 23.

Team owners also learned what it will cost to update their 2002 chassis for use next season: $110,000 for a Lola kit and $100,000 for a Reynard. Those who return will be saving some green, assuming their cars are intact. This year, a new roller starts at $450,000.

Horsepower cap

Team owners got more details on CART’s 2003-04 Cosworth spec engine after Denver. Horsepower will be capped at 700 by controlling boost, a significant reduction from 900 at the current competitive formula’s peak. Engines will be designed to last 800 to 1200 miles between rebuilds, meaning they should be good for two or three races each.

Finally, the owners agreed to ban both traction control and fuel-enrichment adjustment beginning next season. The changes will reduce Cosworth’s cost slightly, and they’ll put the burden of fuel management and effective throttle modulation squarely on the drivers’ backs. With engines coming from one supplier, the inability to police management electronics, CART’s reason for adopting traction control in the first place, will no longer be an issue.
 

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i can't believe they are gonna take away the fulel enrichment button and lessen the horsepower.....i think they are too weak now
 
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