• Jul 14th 2010 at 12:57PM
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2012 Dallara IndyCar – Click above for high-res image gallery

IndyCar has broadcast its selection of a new chassis for 2012 and out of a group of entries that included BAT, Dallara, DeltaWing, Lola, and Swift, they decided to go with... drumroll... Dallara.

Perhaps it was telling that they played mostly oldies before the official live-stream, as this series seems to have a lot more history than future in many people's minds. Since the split between CART and the IRL more than a decade ago, open wheel racing in America has seen rapidly declining audiences that led to lower television revenue and a further downward spiral.

The current chassis and engine combo has made the IndyCar Series little more than a spec series, with Dallara building the chassis and Honda supplying the powerplants. Fans seem to want more competition, just like back in the day when Swift, Lola, Eagle and others were in the mix along with engine suppliers Oldsmobile, Infiniti, Cosworth, GM, et al. Well, in a bid to at least freshen the image of the league, the powers that be decided to have an open bid process to select the car of 2012.

The new engine regulations and the new chassis should go a long way towards making the series more entertaining for fans. The Dallara chassis will also help reduce costs for teams (by up to 40 percent) and the aero kits that will be available from other manufacturers will help keep a certain level of personalization for teams. The new chassis is more modern, safer and lighter at 1,380 pounds, some 185 pounds lighter than the current Dallara chassis being used. During the same press conference, it was also announced that Dallara would be building a new plant in Indianapolis to keep the car manufacturing close to home and to add jobs to the United States. Click below for gallery of the 2012 Dallara IndyCar concept.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This opens the door to an organization such as Lotus to design the aeroparts and push their branding in the USA.
      Personally I hope that Ferrari (FIAT) use this as a way to showcase themselves in NA with both aero parts and an engine.... Perhaps it will also interest VW/Audi?
      I would also be greatly surprised if Cosworth didn't have some drawings well advanced. Imagine them working with a Hyundai? Then we could see tweaked Hyundai road sedans by Cosworth... Hmm Mazda's rotary engine is a 4 cylinder as well....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Won't happen. Lotus has expressed interest but it will be for bodywork only. Cosworth owned by former CART supporters will want to make money off this and I'm sure are happy supplying engines to four or five teams in the F1 paddock, along with getting deeper into the automotive aftermarket.

        There is nothing to be excited about, its a complete "Wait and See" type of thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a great thing... Im not digging the new car as shown when I was at the unveiling but the concept is great... If you like F1 you can't really complain about this. It's pretty much the same concept. The cars will look different per manufacturer and team, they will cost 45% less to build which brings more players to the table, and the engineering into aero packages will be overwhelming. It's gonna be interesting in 2012 for sure... I do wish they went with the Swift however.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not simply put out specs and let anyone build a chasis or an engine that fits those specs? I remember the days when Dan Gurney built his own cars, while a lot of racing teams bought McLarens. Meanwhile, the engine choices were Offenhauser, Chevy, and Ford.

      Needless to say, if a Chevy or Ford engine won the Indy 500, there was a lot of advertising to get buyers into the dealers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FAIL!!!! Halfway through the season, they are going to kick themselves for not going with Swift. Swift obviously put in the hard work and have some really innovative ideas. Penske and Ganassi will develop the best aero on the new Dallaras and continue to dominate. BORING...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Any new wings, engine cover, or sidepod designs must be available to all teams, which prevents Penske/Ganassi from being the only ones to have any new pieces they develop. And all teams can only purchase two new sets. If the IRL doesn't screw it up, and teams don't find a loophole, this should work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This new indy car is a piece of sh$$. It looks like crap. Why couldn't they just update what they have. This series is going down fast and it's going to burn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Gallery needs to be disconnected from this press release, because the old Dallara concept is obsolete.

      Dallara is supplying a chassis and the aero for the car will be 'open', anyone can build an aero kit to the rules and get it approved.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, this article misses the main point - Dallara is -not- supplying full cars, they are supplying a common safety tub and suspension. Aero is open to anyone and everyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least they didn't pick the goddamn Delta Wing...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Indianapolis, and I'm dissappointed by the Dallara selection. I understand it, but I'm disappointed by it. Indycar needs an affordable, competitive series. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on the other hand, thrives when innovation is at its greatest. Since Indycar (the series) picked the conservative choice, Indianapolis Motor Speedway should hold a support race in the month of May with a new formula of car designed to attract interesting, innovative, prototype cars. The cars for the support race could have track time in the hot part of the day when the Indycars are resting. It would give locals a reason to cut work/school and go to the track again on weekdays, and it would make the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a hub for innovation again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think a lot of people are missing some of the finer details of this. The good thing about this is that it will potentially introduce multiple brands back into the sport, while using Dallara's reputation to build a reputable and safe core to keep costs down.

      The ICONIC team has essentially broken the chassis into two pieces - the core and "everything else." While Dallara is building the core per the IRL's specifications for $350,000, the cars will be branded with the name of the aero kit manufacturer. The aero kits will be priced for less than $70,000. So, for example, if Ford chooses to participate by providing the aero kit, we will see IndyCars listed as Fords on the entry list. The aero kits will make up a good portion of the visual aspects of the cars, so the cars will look different, at least to the trained eye. In that sense, it will be like F1, where the cars all have their subtle differences but are recognizable as being F1 cars. In another way, I like how it kind of hints back to the days when a chassis was manufactured by someone, and then fitted with a body by a coach builder.

      I could see this as being attractive for Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc., as they can bring their branding into the mix by providing a relatively low-cost part of the car (on the other hand, those same manufacturers might want to also supply the engine, which is on the other end of the cost spectrum). Of course, that wouldn't stop them from spending millions on the aero research and selling at a loss just to be competitive, but at least the teams won't get hit with those costs.

      Anyway, I'm probably not making any sense, but I see a lot of good in this. I'm looking forward to Indy 2012!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everything you said I completely agree with... I have nothing else to add haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bu..bu..but it dont look like anything you can drive on the road!!!

      oh wait, this isnt nascar so things that that dont matter....
      morgan plus four
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the Malibu GP car. No way can I watch that or be interested in IndyCar.
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