Are These The Next Indy Racers?

Dallara Automobili unveiled its conceptual mock-ups for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series after working hard to produce a car that can excel in all different types of racing in the IndyCar Series.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series’ new racer debuted as an oval concept car, along with its road course counterpart, at the Indianapolis Speedway, and will continue to be on display at the Pagoda Plaza through the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. For now, they are rolling chassis’, but after teams for 2012 and engine companies Honda, Chevrolet, and Lotus are done with it, who knows what may come about.

“The idea behind these is to show two totally different-looking vehicles that underneath are the same chassis,” said car project manager Tony Cotman. “There is a lot of room for aerodynamic kit development and that’s what this platform is about – allowing people the freedom to design as they wish, dream as they wish and come up with a superior product than others. That’s what drives competition.

Sam Garrett, Dallara’s U.S.-based quality control leader, is particularly proud of the cost reduction in the new car, which has an initial purchase price of $349,000, making the car less expensive to buy and maintain. The price includes one set of suspension pieces and everything except the seat and steering wheel. Garrett also notes that only setup work and tweaking will be needed.

“On our current car there is a road course suspension and completely separate oval suspension – uprights, wishbones, brakes, everything,” Garrett said. “On the new car, the package is the same. You need to make a change to the left-side camber between the two, but that’s it.”

Dallara Automobili’s aero components for the prototype still haven’t been finalized, as they are still undergoing wind tunnel tests before initial testing starts the first week of August.

What say you — is this the right direction for Indy’s future, or should the league have adopted something as wild as the shelved DeltaWing concept?

Souce: IndyCar Nation