Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #RacingWrap highlights the new aerodynamic designs to be seen in this year’s IndyCar season.
IndyCar is known for being the leader in car racing innovation when it comes to aerodynamics. Aerodynamics refer to the body modifications made to the race cars to reduce wind resistance, increase speed and to keep tires on the ground. With strict rules set by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, aerodynamics are the main focus of cars in this racing series. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobiles set strict rules in this racing series that have guided the development and engineering of the cars that will compete. For the 2015 racing season, IndyCar allowed Chevrolet and Honda to provide complete aerodynamic packages for their customers. Both companies took on the challenge and released their improved Aero Kits this past week.
Chevrolet rolled out its shell first, which is drastically different than Dallara’s designs used for the 2014 season. The new design is very similar to the current Formula 1 style but with a more protruding nose, a reshaped wing featuring a three-tier winglet design and more compact engine cover and side pods. The new feature Chevrolet created is a redesigned, multi-element rear wing which sports louvered end plates for improved downforce.
Honda took its modifications a bit further by changing the fabrication of of the front-end creating a look that most have described as similar in design to triple-bladed razors. This helps channel airflow and aid in engine cooling as well as enhancing acceleration by exerting force on the back end of the car.
With the beginning of the IndyCar season premiering on March 29th, we will soon see how these modifications and updates impact the sport. With improved aerodynamics, this season is sure to break some new records. Keep an eye out for Chevy and Honda’s genius spreading to other race car series.
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