Examples of areas open for development by IndyCar-approved aero configuration manufacturers include sidepods, engine cover and oval front wing main plane and end plates. Potential alterations to the car’s undertray in an effort to advance safety are under consideration. On-track testing begins Oct. 6, 2014, and closes Jan. 18, 2015.
Highlights of the regulations:
• No entrant may use more than two aero kits during a season. The 2012 Dallara aero kit is approved as one of the aero kits.
• Dallara will continue to supply a number of standard components that affect aerodynamic performance.
• For the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, an entrant may use more than one aero kit during practice sessions. The aero kits utilized in qualifications must be used in the race.
• Entrants will be charged no more than $75,000 per aero kit by the supplier, inclusive of all components, but excluding fasteners. A 2016 upgrade kit will cost no more than $15,000.
• Six days of pre-production testing have been approved, with each supplier using a maximum of two cars from entrants. Engine mileage accrued will not count against the entrants’ 10,000-mile-per-year allocation or engine count.
The aerodynamic platforms will complement engine manufacturer competition that returned to the IndyCar Series in 2012 following a six-year period in which Honda was the sole supplier.
For the 2014 season, both manufacturers will supply consumer-relevant 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines using E85 fuel.