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In 2010, Dallara was announced as the new chassis manufacturer for the 2012 IndyCar Series. Now, two concepts have been presented; both of which use the same chassis but have different skin so as to show off what's possible as far as aerodynamic tweaking is concerned.

One version is set up for oval racing while the other is prepped to run a road course. The idea behind the two cars is to show the IndyCar teams that the 2012 Dallara chassis will allow for a lot of ingenuity and engineering. The race cars can be outfitted in a manner that works best for a specific team, yet still adheres to IndyCar rules.

While the aero stylings shown on these two concepts are simply serving as a mock-up of what might be, Dallara is still putting its concepts through all sorts of testing programs. The company wants to ensure that safety and performance come together, while it also keeps cost as low as possible without affecting the finished product.


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      Cheddar
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Indy, Welcome back to relevance. Your pal, Cheddar.
      Tom Winch
      • 4 Years Ago
      The road version looks workable. The oval version is too bulky in the rear. Both versions need to lose the bodywork behind the rear wheels. I understand the need for safety (I race a GT-2 Mazda), but this is supposedly open wheel racing. The direction this is taking is more along the lines of prototype sportscars. Kind of reminds me of the body kits that Formula Atlantic, Formula 1000, and Formula Enterprise guys racing with the SCCA use to be able to race their cars in the CSR and DSR classes (think IMSA Lites or LMP Challenge cars). The oval version especially, with it's large "billboard" for the sponsors just forward of the rear wheels, is ridiculous looking. Come on guys, let's keep Indy cars open wheel!
        Liberto Mex
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tom Winch
        About innovation... why don't to push an DTM style league? using production bodyshells and production engines, with some modification,. thay WILL increase innovation. That could bring manufacturetors to try new technologies on current cars. Or sell "enhaced performance" kits for homologation. Just like it was before. The technology in Indy racers will take several years, to reach the average driver. A current day CAMRY share nothing with a nascar race car. A Camry with a rear wheel drive carburated V8?... innovation? Lets use racing as a lab of performance, fuel economy and safety.
          Tom Winch
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Liberto Mex
          Innovation is great. But Indy car racing is about open wheel, not prototypes. Think F1, not Lemans!
      david opanga
      • 4 Years Ago
      ohh man! i am a NASCAR fan first but its frustrating waiting for them to make improvements in car looks and for a while INDYCAR was in the same boat but they look too be taking the lead, its going to be exciting watching these cars next year im really really looking forward to seeing them on the track nascar step your game up pronto.!
      JayP
      • 4 Years Ago
      At one time it was hard to tell the difference between an F1 car and an Indy car in a passing glance...
        Tom Winch
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JayP
        At one time F1 cars raced at the Indy 500, and vice versa. The same Lola designed car Graham Hill drove to victory in 1966 Indy 500, the T-90, was used by the Honda F1 team to win the 1967 Italian GP.
      Blakkar
      • 4 Years Ago
      These look promising. The front of the car could have had more done to it to look like it was actually finished. Since the new rules allow more custom aero work, I think, I have little doubt much or this will be balanced out. Now just who all is going to be participating? We have Honda, Chevy, and Lotus. There used to be at least a half dozen anyone could name off the top of their head. I would be nice to see FORD, FIAT and or Chrysler or Dodge, and (heh) Toyota... alright maybe Nissan.
      mikeymac
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, those are ugly. i'll stick with F1 thanks.
      budwsr25
      • 4 Years Ago
      These cars look like crap. They look unsafe. Why are the side pods so wide? Everytime there is a major crash there will be carbon fiber everywhere. The mess will be worse than the current car.
        Michael Campasini
        • 4 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        they are wide so the tires dont get caught up and wreck the cars, your comment makes no sense they will be a lot safer this way.
        Cheddar
        • 4 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        You aren't a smart feller, is ya? Side pods absorb impact (like the one you took, remember? No?). Carbon is "everywhere" after a crash anyway -- It's called energy transfer. If you're judging this on "the mess" after a crash, you'd best stick to NASCAR. Or tennis. Racing is for going fast, regardless of "look" (see Formula 1). This is a "formula" race car that offers teams the ability to develop their own aero packages. Like F1, they'll get to tailor their car to their own philosophies and budgets, albeit for massively less expense. It makes each team unique and uniquely competitive in its area of expertise. That, in any shaped car, is a beautiful kind of racing.
      Shaun Peterson
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy ugly cars Batman!
      powercat
      • 4 Years Ago
      the sidepod over the rear tire looks sick!!!
        Liberto Mex
        • 4 Years Ago
        @powercat
        It's for safety, to avoid wheel on wheel contact, wich can make a car airborne in a blink.
          MintzBuck
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Liberto Mex
          Funny how CART and Champ Car never had a problem with that. It was just the Dallaras. Maybe they need better car designers. It's also because they're sticking with the same POS gearbox and suspension set up that causes a big chunk to be hanging out back, again, this is a problem CART and ChampCar never seemed to have.
          Jonathan Rich
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Liberto Mex
          @MintzBuck, if you don't think CART had a problem with wheel-to-wheel contact, you need to go look up Jeff Krosnoff.
      brands
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just when you thought they couldn't possibly come up with anything uglier than the current monstrosity! Turn out the lights, the party's over....
      Jonathan Arena
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stupid. Rather than speding a ton of money trying to make the cars look cool, how about they set some light regulations and let the car manufacturers develop the fastest
        iKingston
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        Your idea is even more stupid... Just saying; because the whole point of implementing this new car is to 1) get rid of the old crap spec car they are currently running, 2) allow for body kits that give the cars diversity, 3) to save money. Your idea would solve the first 2 issues but the money part is what would kill the series because it would cost the series and the team millions of dollars to develop and run multiple chassis.
      Liberto Mex
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should try to cover the top of the rear wheel, once a read that the wheel spinning surface creates aerodynamic drag. Maybe making good use of the shaping of the rear panels for taking off the rear wing The other car, with it's low and flat stance, reminds me of an Wing less F-15
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