Chevrolet released the 2015 Aero Kit renders today at the Indycar media day, the package shown will race on short ovals and road courses, with the speedway variation due to be released at a later date.
From an aesthetics angle, its hard to say anything, besides it isn’t pretty in my opinion but I’m quite interested in how the car performs on track, which should be a notable increase in performance, and at the end of the day, I guess that was also overall the intention of function over form. Will let you form your own opinions however on the car and I welcome your thoughts. Chevrolet explained the process in creating the 123 new parts involved in the kit:
“Development of Chevrolet’s new IndyCar aero package consisted of nine key phases:
- Conducted baseline analysis of the “DW12” racecar aerodynamics
- Established clear design goals for the new aero kit, which included making the most of downforce, drag and engine performance
- Developed design concepts using computer-aided design (CAD)
- Analyzed structural properties, using finite element analysis (FEA)
- Simulated aerodynamic properties using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Produced test parts using rapid prototyping processes, such as 3D printing
- Conducted testing of a 50-percent scale model in a rolling–road wind tunnel
- Conducted testing of a full-scale racecar in a rolling-road wind tunnel
- Conducted track testing of prototype aero kit on select race tracks, including Homestead-Miami Speedway, Circuit of The Americas (Austin, Texas), Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.”
Honda meanwhile has yet to release the rival package.