Thursday, February 4, 2010

IndyCar Announces Chassis Criteria

Just days before the unveiling of the Delta Wing, the IZOD Indycar Series has finally released some information on what they are looking for in the new 2012 car. They confirm that they are in talks with Dallara, DeltaWing, Lola and Swift to develop, manufacture and supply the new chassis.

The series also released the following objectives for the chassis:

-Safe: The new chassis must adhere to the league's already high safety standards while exploring new technology to improve safety in all aspects of the car.

Raceable: The new chassis must continue to produce the exciting racing that has become signature of the IZOD IndyCar Series while not affecting other cars on track (i.e. less sensitive to the turbulence).

-Cost-effective: The league continues to work to reduce the cost of participation for teams in the IZOD
IndyCar Series, which remains an important priority in this economic climate. The new chassis must have a price point that adheres to that goal.

-American-made: The new chassis must be built in the U.S., preferably at an Indiana-based facility.

-Less mass/More efficient: A lighter chassis with less mass that produces the same aerodynamic effect in an efficient way.

-Relevant technology: The league would like the new chassis to be relevant to the future of the consumer auto industry; innovative technology that is born on the racetrack and can translate to consumer cars.

-Modern Look: More space for sponsor logos, cars easily identifiable.

-Green: The Indy Racing League prides itself on its role in the greening of racing and wants to maintain its position as a leader in environmentally-friendly initiatives with this chassis.

"Two years ago the league engaged both the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (Calif.) and College for Creative Studies in Detroit in conceptual exercises about the next generation of car. For the last year we have engaged in ongoing conversations with four chassis makers on two different design tracks. Now we are receiving concepts and will make a decision soon.

Our chassis is the most complex challenge in world motorsports because of the variety of race courses where we compete. It must be designed to run at 235 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and protect drivers and spectators in high-speed crashes. It must be able to perform on superspeedways, speedways and short ovals well as natural terrain road courses and temporary circuits.

Our drivers take the greatest risks in the world of sports driving Indy cars and it is paramount we have the best safety features designed into this next generation of cars. It is also important that we continue to develop more relevance between the new generation of IndyCars and the cars that world manufacturers will be producing in the future. Finally, we have stipulated that the new chassis must be made in the United States, preferably Indiana, to take advantage of more competitive pricing and the existing American supplier network for parts and protect our team from issues with currency fluctuations." -Brian Barnhart


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