• Aug 2nd 2010 at 6:01PM
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2012 IndyCar Concepts – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Indy Racing League announced a "new"chassis for the 2012 season, but left open the possibility for other companies to design the "clothes" that chassis will wear. The hope was that some new names will enter the running if the teams only have to spend development dollars on the aero bits rather than designing and building a whole car. So far names like Boeing, Honda and Lotus have been mentioned, but there could be dozens of entries by the time the 2012 season starts. Would you like to add your own name to that list? The IRL has posted several renderings of the new Indy Safety Cell and is allowing you to post your designs in a gallery for all the world to see. The top design could make some hitherto unknown graphic artist famous.

You can click over to the IndyCar website to get more details or check out our gallery to download the renderings and get started on your 2012 IndyCar. The basic chassis will still be built by Dallara, which is going to open a new plant right alongside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be sold to teams for a fraction of what the current chassis costs, but the teams will also have to buy a new engine and bodywork to complete the package. The whole setup will still cost teams far less than in the past, with the hopes that more businesses will find it affordable to enter the 2012 IRL championship... and save open-wheel U.S. racing in the process.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they have low-res images, as opposed to the source cad for the exterior surfaces.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about loosening up the powerplant rules and allowing stock block V8's ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      needs cupholders.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally I hope this new chassis takes off in terms of the aero. We could see some pretty inovative and daring designs upon the track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The devil is in the details - and in this case, the devilish details is that if you buy Dallara's aero kit, you get a significant discount on the kit AND the chassis. So how many alternate kits will you really see? The vast majority of the cars will be the Dallara kits because these teams aren't made of money. So a lot of this is smoke and mirrors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Safety Cell' should read 'Rolling Spec Chassis'. And right, aside from cost, nobody's going to be able to touch the head start Dallara has on areo development either for reasonable amounts of money.

      Any word on their engines? When they initially announced that they were starting with a clean sheet of paper, I was at least hoping to see a variety of power plants using a variety of fuels, even production based.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm finished with Indycar....... Who wants to watch 33 Honda's race against each other all day? Not me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. Letting the fans design the cars? Wtf? Isn't it supposed to be about taking technology to it's limit? The best minds in the world? Who would watch football if the coaches were selected from a bunch of ameatures!!?!?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think most of us are in agreement that this new car sucks. This car is going to be the death of indy as we know it. This car does not look safe to me. The nose is way to long and I see another Zanardi type accident occurring. Indy focused on that ugly deltawing car as the future and that type of car will never work. If indy was going for the land speed record it might work out for them.
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