INDIANAPOLIS — The IZOD IndyCar Series is hoping to debut a new race car chassis for the 2012 season. Officials released the objectives the Indy Racing League is hoping to achieve with its next generation chassis. The IRL is also discussing this new car with four potential suppliers, including current car provider Dallara.
Attributes desired by the Indy Racing League in developing its next iconic chassis look include:
– Safe: The new chassis must adhere to the league’s already high safety standards while exploring new technology to improve safety in all aspects of the car.
– Raceable: The new chassis must continue to produce the exciting racing that has become signature of the IZOD IndyCar Series while not affecting other cars on the track.
– Cost-effective: The league continues to work to reduce the cost of participation for teams in the IZOD IndyCar Series, which remains an important priority in this economic climate. The new chassis must have a price point that adheres to that goal.
– American-made: The new chassis must be built in the U.S., preferably at an Indiana-based facility.
– Less mass/More efficient: A lighter chassis with less mass that produces the same aerodynamic effect in an efficient way.
– Relevant technology: The league would like the new chassis to be relevant to the future of the consumer auto industry; innovative technology that is born on the race track and can translate to consumer cars.
– Modern Look: More space for sponsor logos, cars easily identifiable.
– Green: The Indy Racing League prides itself on its role in the greening of racing and wants to maintain its position as a leader in environmentally-friendly initiatives with this chassis.
The league is in discussions with Dallara, DeltaWing, Lola and Swift about designing, manufacturing and supplying the new chassis, focusing on two parallel paths — one radical and one more evolutionary in design.
“Our chassis is the most complex challenge in world motorsports because of the variety of race courses where we compete,” Barnhart said. “It must be designed to run at 235 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and protect drivers and spectators in high-speed crashes. It must be able to perform on superspeedways, speedways and short ovals as well as natural terrain road courses and temporary circuits.”
Dallara, Lola and Swift have all released details, including drawings, of their proposals and how they meed the IRL ‘s objectives.
Dallara and Swift would each have manufacturering operations in Indianapolis.