- Oldsmobiles 2002 Bravada will go where no SUV has gone before
when it paces the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27,
2001. The all-new Bravada is the first Sport Utility Vehicle selected
as the Official Pace Vehicle of the Indy 500.
Sport Utility Vehicle to Pace Indy 500
all-new Bravada takes the SUV to a new level of power, comfort, and
driver control," said Jim Vurpillat, brand manager for Oldsmobile
Bravada, at the unveiling of the Official Pace Vehicle today. "It
is a ground-breaking vehicle that can handle daily driving, off-roading,
and even the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
Bravada joins a long line of firsts at Indy as the first SUV to pace
the Indianapolis 500," said Tony George, president and CEO of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "The Bravada certainly fits with the
52-year tradition of Oldsmobile at the Brickyard."
Vortec 4200 inline six-cylinder engine
years edition of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will
mark the 11th time since 1949 that an Oldsmobile has paced the Indy
500. The Bravada will be the first Oldsmobile Pace Vehicle powered by
a six-cylinder engine - the new Vortec 4200.
new 270-horsepower Vortec 4200 inline six provides the advantages of
smoothness and power found in premium luxury and performance
sedans," said Vurpillat. "We are offering customers the
power of a V8 with the fuel economy of a six-cylinder engine. The
Vortec 4200 beats the competition hands-down in acceleration, power,
and street engines share technology
the IRL Aurora V8 racing engine that has won the Indianapolis 500 four
straight years, the Vortec 4200 uses all-aluminum construction to
reduce weight and four-valve cylinder heads with dual overhead
camshafts to enhance performance. The Vortec 4200 is the first GM
engine in North America to employ variable exhaust valve timing, a
sophisticated feature that delivers a smooth idle and excellent power
and torque across the engines operating range. It is the exclusive
powerplant of Oldsmobiles new midsize SUV.
chassis enhances vehicle dynamics
cars that compete in the Indy 500 are finely tuned machines built for
a single purpose - to run as fast as possible on a 2.5-mile
superspeedway," Vurpillat noted. "The new Bravada chassis
and suspension are just as carefully engineered to deliver the best of
both worlds in comfort and vehicle dynamics."
new Bravadas frame features full-length hydroformed side rails - a
technology pioneered by GM in 1997 - that increase torsional rigidity
by 260 percent compared to the previous model. An electronically
controlled air suspension system and rack-and-pinion steering produce
a refined, responsive ride.
makes history in Indy 500
has been making history at the Brickyard for decades. The 1949
Oldsmobile 88 Pace Car was powered by the Rocket V8, a
high-compression overhead valve V8 that won accolades from performance
enthusiasts and stock car racers. In the 70s, Oldsmobile paced the
prestigious race with a series of 442 and Hurst/Oldsmobile musclecars
powered by 455ci Rocket V8s. As times and technology changed,
Oldsmobile showcased its Quad 4 at the Speedway in the 80s.
Oldsmobile raced, paced, and won with the new Aurora V8 in1997, and
repeated that performance last year with the new 2001 Aurora sedan.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway was conceived as a proving ground for
automobile manufacturers. On Memorial Day weekend, Oldsmobile will
prove that the capable new Bravada SUV can take on the most famous
oval in auto racing.
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