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May 11, 2011

The New Indy Car Prototypes Are Official

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:37 pm

Road and oval prototypes for the 2012 new Indy Car were revealed officially at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Inside the Izod Indy Car Series on Versus yesterday. Predictably, many of those who have long decried the worn out spec Dallara are also bitching about the way the prototypes look. Would we ever have it any other way?

Initial impressions are that the prototypes represent a nice step forward. They are definitely different looking. My thoughts are that folks who are squealing like little girls should put their quaint angst on hold until actual aero kits get revealed. The Versus show did a nice job. The funniest part was Roger Penske whining about delaying aero kits and calling the Indy Car Series the ‘Indy Racing League.’

More than ever many of us have come away with a feeling that the series MUST move forward with new cars regardless of the stall tactics of owners. They, as a group, have made a career of shooting themselves (and the sport) in the head on a regular basis. Enough is enough.

The weather this week in Indianapolis has been absolutely beautiful and perfect for Indy Cars. The problem is the bean counters ruling over the kingdom still have the track locked up to outsiders with no Indy Cars on the track. That is a mistake that will eventually haunt them.



  1. Thankfully they didn’t let internet posters design the new cars.

    Comment by Robin Mueller — May 11, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  2. I guess its still open wheel, at least in the front….

    Comment by Bob F. — May 11, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  3. OMG, these things are FUGLY. I thought the 2010 F1 car design (see the 2010 Red Bull) was hideous; but, these make a 2010 F1 car look like a piece of art. Whoever came up with this should definitely be fired and a new design should begin now … and fast!

    Comment by Jacob — May 12, 2011 @ 3:58 am | Reply

  4. Oh well, at least they’re different. When you think that Indy cars look about the same now as in 1972, ANY change is in improvement, at least in theory. I guess it won’t hurt to give them a chance.

    Comment by DOUG — May 12, 2011 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  5. Stop complaining. The engine is still behind the driver and it’s better than the Delta Wing.

    Comment by Matsudai Olvidado — May 12, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  6. Did someone forget to tell Dallara that these cars will be turbocharged? Why the formula 1 style airbox where just a roll hoop should be?

    Comment by Bill B. — May 12, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • Because you can still feed a turbo (or turbos, plural) with an airbox, and Audi has come to that same comclusion with their R18 Le Mans car. You can duct air from anywhere to anywhere, so it may be the best (i.e. most efficient) solution to have one impediment to air reaching the rear wing (an F1-style airbox/roll hoop assembly) instead of four (two scoops, should they go with sidepod scoops like the Peugeot 908 or Audi R8/R10/R15, plus the two roll bar pieces). It’s a matter of balancing aerodynamic efficiency with the pressure loss suffered by having the air go through extra ductwork.

      Sorry to go all car-nerdy. That’s just my nature, I’m afraid.

      Comment by The Speedgeek — May 13, 2011 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

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