2015 IndyCar aero kits
- 17th February 2015, 17:43 at 5:43 pm #292262
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Video from Chevy-
https://amp.twimg.com/v/32f67326-bd12-4e79-87a2-b71dd33fbf089th March 2015, 21:49 at 9:49 pm #293837
From the glimpses I’ve seen of the Honda package, it appears to have an LMP-style shark fin.10th March 2015, 5:32 at 5:32 am #293848
I like it. Looks better than the Chevy.
With RHR’s livery-
10th March 2015, 5:41 at 5:41 am #293849
Racer.com has some comparison pictures. Both opted for completely different philosophy.
It will be interesting to see which one works better.10th March 2015, 8:06 at 8:06 am #293855Keith CollantineKeymaster
I’m surprised at the degree of variation between the two. Just look at how completely different the front wing end plate philosophies are, for example.
Though I wouldn’t say they strike me as particularly attractive, having cars in identifiably different shapes is a good thing for IndyCar, in my view. Especially if we see different teams using different combinations of the available parts.
What I particularly like is that both have revised the sidepod structures in front of the rear wheels – definitely the least appealing part of the original DW12 design.
I suspect we’re going to see a few more cautions for debris with all these bits falling off the cars, though. Hopefully plenty of souvenirs for the fans!10th March 2015, 12:29 at 12:29 pm #293927VMaxMuffinParticipant
As cool as it is to see this variation in design, I do feel as though the rules on the front wing were a bit too free. Both front wings are ridiculously complicated and have lots of bits to fall off. Sidepod and rear parts aren’t really a problem from this point of view. I feel like it would have been better to provide more restrictive front wing regulations in order to keep the cars relatively clean.
My other concern about the front wings is the effect on the racing. Now, a following car will experience an even greater loss of downforce in dirty air, making following the car in front even more difficult.
Anyway, I’m not going to say too much until we’re a couple of races into the season.10th March 2015, 12:52 at 12:52 pm #293930
The rules were almost completely open, that’s why the designs are so radical. As for debris, there was a minimum weight requirement so I don’t think the cars will suddenly start shedding parts at the slightest contact.10th March 2015, 15:07 at 3:07 pm #293936Iestyn DaviesParticipant
Wow, that looks mad. Prepare for pre-2011 F1 racing.. it’s like adding DRS to GP2, totally unnecessary given how great the action is. @vmaxmuffin
I agree that it’s probably best for Indycar to develop the car in some way – just a shame it’s not the engines. Aero packages by engine companies? That sounds crazy to me. @keithcollantine10th March 2015, 15:19 at 3:19 pm #293938Adam BlockerParticipant
Will they have separate aero kits for the ovals, or just use the default DW12 oval configuration kit?10th March 2015, 15:32 at 3:32 pm #293940
Engines are developed all the time, but because it’s incremental you don’t hear much about it. HPD partnered with Wirth Research (like for their LMP designs) and Chevrolet partnered with Pratt & Miller (best known for their work on the Corvette C7R).
The oval designs will be revealed in April.10th March 2015, 15:45 at 3:45 pm #29394110th March 2015, 22:28 at 10:28 pm #293953Joey-PoeyParticipant
Honda aero philosophy: Is there an open space on the body? Put a
birdwing on it!11th March 2015, 5:04 at 5:04 am #294016Iestyn DaviesParticipant11th March 2015, 7:08 at 7:08 am #294018
Honda switched to a twin-turbo layout ahead of 2014, which Chevrolet had been using since 2012. Generally the Honda has been better on street circuits and Chevrolet on ovals, with road courses being a 50:50 split. Honda have also had an edge on fuel efficiency, but with worse reliability (hence Chevy winning the manufacturers championship 3 years running).11th March 2015, 11:44 at 11:44 am #294023GeeMacParticipant
Wow, we all thought that the pre-2009 F1 aero flip ups were awful, but these really take the biscuit. It’s a shame, I was quite fond of the DW12…
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