INDYCAR has announced today that aero kits will be utilized on the existing Dallara DW12 starting with the 2015 season and will be built by engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet.
At this past June’s Duel in Detroit, IndyCar President of Competition Derrick Walker laid down the specifications to what is open for development on the kits. These include include sidepods, engine cover and oval front wing main plane and end plates.
The aero kits will not only provide different looking cars, which is something the IndyCar series has lacked since 2005, it will provide manufacturers with some brand identification of building both engines and bodywork. The cars will be identified by the manufacturer as well.
Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for IndyCar Series feels that aero kits are a good way for Chevrolet to make its mark on IndyCar racing.
This will allow Chevrolet to impact a wider bandwidth of car performance which comes with increased responsibility to our teams to put them in a position to win. We are confident that our collective team of technical partners are capable, enabled and focused to succeed.”
Roger Griffiths, Technical Director of Honda Performance Development also feels that the increase in manufacturer competition will be good thing for all parties involved.
Along with continuing engine development, aero kits will provide another area for innovation and manufacturer competition. The introduction of bespoke bodywork from Honda and Chevrolet will provide fans with additional brand identification and that can only help IndyCar racing.”
Some other miscellaneous notes about aero kits:
- No entrant may use more than two aero kits during a season. The 2012 Dallara aero kit is approved as one of the aero kits.
- Dallara will continue to supply a number of standard components that affect aerodynamic performance.
- For the Indianapolis 500, an entrant may use more than one aero kit during practice sessions. The aero kits utilized in qualifications must be used in the race.
- Entrants will be charged no more than $75,000 per aero kit by the supplier, inclusive of all components, but excluding fasteners. A 2016 upgrade kit will cost no more than $15,000.
- Six days of pre-production testing have been approved, with each supplier using a maximum of two cars from entrants. Engine mileage accrued will not count against the entrants’ 10,000-mile-per-year allocation or engine count.
- Beginning with 2016, additional engine manufacturers and/or third party vendors will be eligible to be an IndyCar-approved supplier. Correspondingly, Chevrolet and Honda will be able to upgrade their aero kits, which will be approved through homologation.