Toyota Racing Development (TRD), U.S.A., based in Costa Mesa, California, introduced Toyota’s new RV8F DOHC V-8 racing engine to Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 2002.
At the time, the RV8F (Racing V8 series F) was the only U.S.-designed and built engine in Champ Car racing.
This aluminum-alloy V-8 engine is normally aspirated, with fuel injection, has dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, displaces 2.65-liters (161.7 cubic inches) and put out more than 800 hp.
The RV8F and its predecessor RV8E, were the only U.S.-designed and built engines to win CART events in their preceding 20 years.
The 2003 successor to the RV8F engine was the RV8I (Racing V8 Indy), designed specifically for IRL. The RV8I had 3.5-liters (213.6-c.i.) displacement, 32 valves, DOHC, and was normally aspirated.