SPEED.com's sources have confirmed that a group led by Dyson Racing, along with a collection of ex-Lola employees, have entered the running to supply a car it has dubbed the "Hulman" in honor of Tony Hulman and the Hulman George family that owns both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IZOD IndyCar Series.
If the Hulman HGIL014, which bears some resemblance to Lola's 2012 IndyCar renderings, is accepted by the series as the new 2014 Indy Lights car, the chassis would contain state-of-the-art design, the latest technologies and would be manufactured in North America.
Through the Dyson's controlling interest in the UK-based Advanced Engine Research company, the same Mazda-badged 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine used in the team's championship-winning ALMS LMP1 program would be offered as part of the Hulman chassis package.
Despite the convenience of offering a total vehicle solution, the 2014 Indy Lights selection committee will make the final choice on chassis/engine combination. If the AER engine is chosen, it would be open for manufacturer branding.
The team behind the Hulman project has also put forth a proposal that would allow its chassis to be leased, a break from the normal convention of buying chassis.
DeltaWing, Swift and Mygale are also known to have submitted chassis proposals with some targeting a total chassis price in the $200,000 to $250,000 range. Speed.com