Dallara Automobili da Competizone, the motorsport designer and fabricator who designed IndyCar’s current IR-12 chassis, has been selected as the manufacturer for IndyCar’s universal aero kit set to debut in the 2018 season.
Given Dallara’s previous and current connections with the Verizon IndyCar Series, the continued and expanded relationship comes hardly as a surprise. “Dallara has been a great partner, and we couldn’t be more enthused with the look, the safety enhancements and the performance objectives of the 2018 car,” Jay Frye, IndyCar’s head of competition, said in a release.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) June 6, 2017
Conceptualized by Chris Beatty, the new aero kit sees the elimination of the bemoaned bumper pods that intend to cover a portion of the rear tires. Frye said the sleeker design, including the removal of the bumper pods, came via a collaborative effort incorporating the wishes of series fans, suppliers, and vendors.
The contract between Dallara and IndyCar marks two decades since the Italian company first joined IndyCar. The significance of the timing was not lost on Andrea Pontremoli, the CEO of Dallara Automobili da Competizone.
“2017 marks the 20th anniversary of our presence in IndyCar, and it is a great honor for us to continue our partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Pontremolia said. “Our main goal for the new aero kit was to work on the style, trying to maintain the American essence of the car and the series keeping a good level of performance and safety.”
— Chris Beatty (@ChrisDuffBeatty) June 6, 2017
IndyCar fans and members lauded the preliminary designs released by the Verizon IndyCar Series but are yet to see its physical form. The new kit first greets onlookers holding their baited breath in late July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Road course testing for the new aero kit begins shortly thereafter with a test scheduled for August 1st at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course– one day after the conclusion of the Honda Indy 200 on the Lexington, Ohio course.
IndyCar indicated additional tests at Iowa Speedway in late August and Sebring International Raceway in late September.
See the concepts in the video below: