Carlin started their first Indy Lights programme in the best possible fashion in 2015, claiming the first three race victories of the season and going on to mount a championship campaign that saw the team compete for the title until the season finale. They finished their first season in the US third in the Drivers’ standings and second in the Teams’ championship.
The team took championship honours in only its second season in Indy Lights, claiming the 2017 Drivers’ title with Ed Jones as well as the Teams’ championship title.
Introduced in 2015, the current Indy Lights car features a 450bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produced by AER. The car also features a 50bhp push-to-pass feature and races on Cooper Tires, a manufacturer that Carlin are already familiar with through the team’s multiple British F3 titles. With a chassis from Dallara, the Indy Lights series also sees Carlin continue a long relationship with the Italian race car manufacturer. Lighter than its predecessor at 635kg and with more power, the IL-15 is an exciting challenge for young drivers.
The Series is also the perfect training ground for young drivers. Of the 2021 Indianapolis 500 starting grid, 20 learnt their craft in the Indy Lights Series, with a total of seven former Indy Lights champions on the grid.
After a short sabbatical, Carlin return to the series in 2021. Alex Peroni joins the team from the FIA F3 Championship in Europe, partnering Christian Bogle who joins from the USF2000 series.
2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder - 450 HP (+50 HP Push-to-Pass)
Ricardo 6-speed semi-automatic
1380 - 1400 lbs / 635 kg (+ driver)
PFC rotors (309 mmx28mm), calipers (aluminum monoblock) and pads
Sandwich Carbon/aluminium honeycomb structure made by Dallara
Wheels & Tyres:
Cooper Tires (Slick and rain compounds)
Patented Motegi Racing aluminum wheels with techno-mesh design - 15"x10" front, 15"x14" rear
Length: 192 inches / 4876 mm
Width: 76 inches / 1930 mm
Top Speed: 210+mph (Oval configuration)
Max. braking deceleration: -3.5 G
Max. lateral acceleration: +/- 3.6 G