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September 9, 2009

The Indy Car of Tomorrow

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:28 am

Future HondaWe all know the current Dallara/Honda/Firestone Indy Car has gotten very long in the tooth. While no really official announcements about evolution or specs have occurred, it is fascinating to wonder where the future will lead. A fond memory for me involves Indy in the early 1960s. The rear engine revolution was fascinating. There was an outcry from the traditionalists and many attempted to hang on as long as possible. Jim Hurtubise continued trying into the 70s and became part of the rich lore of the place for a variety of things. Still, evolution occurred and continued unabated.

Other series have also begun evolving. NASCAR added wings and aero gimmicks to their ‘car of tomorrow.’ Folks like Ed Hinton, however, continue to lament the ‘antiques’ they drive; comparing throttle linkages in Cup cars to old fashioned toilet assemblies. Formula 1 advances with giant steps every year even with restrictions designed to cut costs, but lately their cars have become aesthetically unpleasant to a lot of folks.

Glorified TrikeSo how will Indy Cars evolve? How SHOULD they evolve? My personal opinion is that the ‘engine belongs in the front’ crowd should become increasingly less vocal as that particular herd is thinned by the consequences of advanced age. We have already discussed a myriad of ways they could be powered, but what will they look like?

It should be interesting to find out.



  1. I prefer rear engine Indycars, although I see the attraction to front. The problem with having front compete with rear is that rear engine more efective, that’s why supercars are mid engined, becuase it’s the most balanced.

    Comment by dylan — September 9, 2009 @ 2:19 am | Reply

  2. There’s no since in going back to black and white TV. The engine belongs in the back. That is its place which was determined by evolution of speed and the sport.

    The new IndyCar needs to be killer. It will be a key element in getting attention for the sport.

    Comment by Mike Miller — September 9, 2009 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  3. It’s not the cars that is the problem. It’s the drivers. English is a second language for a lot of them and the rest have the personality of a bowl of soggy corn flakes.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — September 9, 2009 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

    • This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read in a long time. I watch a lot of motor racing… an awful lot and I always rather the best drivers in top-tier series as opposed to drivers of a certain nationality.
      Anything otherwise is weak and deserves to fail…

      Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — September 10, 2009 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  4. “It’s not the cars that is the problem. It’s the drivers. English is a second language for a lot of them and the rest have the personality of a bowl of soggy corn flakes.”

    Who are you? The spokesperson for the John Birch Society? The IndyCar drivers, most of them, have awesome personalities and are fit athletes. Would you rather have a beer gut driver who sounds like an extra from the movie “deliverance”?

    Sorry, but anyone who can strap themselves in a IndyCar and go 220+ wheel to wheel in action that makes NASCAR look like a turtle race is fine with me.

    Stay on the topic. The cars need to be rear-engined machines and fast. I’m not going to the races and see moving billboards and personalities. Wallmart may rule the market, but I may chose to shop elsewhere.

    Comment by Mike Miller — September 9, 2009 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  5. Wow. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this blog, especially after reading Bob Kravitz’ latest assault on the IRL in Indystar.

    Comment by C. Riordan — September 9, 2009 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  6. haha, the article from bob kravitz…just read it. dying to see what the fat man has to say about, what kind of spin he will attempt to put on it.

    you know defender, you bloated hermaphrodite, you are like a little retard painting a floor, and painting yourself into a corner.

    your hero is gone (tony george), the league’s one and only marketable entity, danicunt, is almost gone. empty stands, ratings hardly visible, sponsors leaving, product sucks, 9 years left with a newtwork that has no one to carry them….last one out, turn the lights off.

    Comment by jay — September 10, 2009 @ 1:03 am | Reply

    • Damn. I came to this weblog to get away from this kind of venom. If you can’t make an intelligent, non-insulting, obscenity-free comment, don’t make one at all.

      Comment by C. Riordan — September 17, 2009 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  7. i’m an ex nascar fan/new indy car fan.only thing i’d like to see change is,i’d like to see the cars get alittle higher reving engine.they had added allot of road cources and i think a higher reving engine would spice things up a bitt

    Comment by j davis — November 19, 2009 @ 2:37 am | Reply

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