America’s fastest racing series is going with an all-new look from next year.
Earlier this week, IndyCar revealed the new 2018-spec cars to the world at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then let series veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia loose for the 2018 machine’s first test session.
The pair—powered by Chevrolet and Honda engines respectively—were immediately up to speed in the box-fresh race cars, which will use the same aero kit for next season regardless of the engine supplier.
It’s the fourth new look for IndyCar’s Dallara-built DW12 since it was introduced in 2012, and the first aesthetic to ditch the un-Indylike airbox behind the driver’s head for a much more appropriate roll-hoop.
The DW12 is a much better car than the one it replaced, and it has given IndyCar some fantastic racing over the past few years.
But I’m among the few who considered it good-looking; most IndyCar fans hate the sight of it.
The series attempted to add some visual diversity in 2015 by allowing Honda and Chevrolet to develop aero kits—unique front and rear wings for the teams using each OEM’s engines.
But the experiment was not a fantastic success.
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