The Verizon IndyCar Series and Dallara have pulled the covers on the brand new 2018 universal aero-kit.
Introduced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the new universal aero-kit was introduced sporting Honda and Chevrolet liveries. This introduction comes just days before Juan Pablo-Montoya and Oriol Servia start testing the car.
The car is lighter than the current model of the DW-12. The bodywork was inspired by the 1990’s IndyCar having a lower engine cover and lower rear wing endplates. Adding to the look is the removal of the rear wheel pods.
Saftey was a big factor in the new make of the aero-kit. It has fewer components making crashes not see as much debris scattered. The side impact protection zone has also been made 8 to 10 inches wider at the driver’s hips. It also has been designed to fit the aero screen, a cockpit protection device.
For the past 3 years, IndyCar has used aero-kits designed by each manufacturer. The new aero-kit will be used by both Chevrolet and Honda along with any other manufacturer that may enter the series.
“Although the design looked good on paper, it looks even better in person. We couldn’t be more excited to get this car on the track,” said the IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye.
Chevrolet’s head of motorsport Mark Kent was very excited at the new prospect of aero-kits commenting “While we enjoyed tremendous success with the Chevrolet-specific aero kit, we are looking forward to the next chapter of competition as IndyCar introduces its universal aero kit”.
“The focus of Chevrolet IndyCar teams, technical partners and engineers will be on optimizing the integration of our 2.20-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V6 engine in this new package such that the engine continues to deliver the right combination of performance, efficiency and reliability to provide our teams and drivers the best opportunity to win races”.
HPD president Art St Cyr also commented on the new aero-kit “We’re excited to see the 2018 IndyCar body kit on track,” he said. “It looks great with a return to a more traditional IndyCar overall design, but with many forward-thinking elements and still incorporating the great advances in safety the series has made in recent years”.
Testing dates for the aero-kit will be July 25 at IMS, August 1 at Mid Ohio, August 10 at Iowa, and September 26 at Sebring. The new aero-kits will be distributed in November for teams to begin working on the 2018 season.
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