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Old 2 Dec 2016, 19:07 (Ref:3693180)   #3376
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David Faustino, race engineer for 2014 champion Will Power, believes the way the DW12 has evolved has minimised the need for a new car. "The tub and the gearbox and bellhousing have stayed the same but the engine has constantly changed and over the past few years the aero kits have constantly changed so the concept of the car has changed," Faustino said. "If they have changes like that every two to three years it's enough to not make the car look so stagnant. They could swap in a new tub and no one would know the difference."

Hmm...the change to PFC brakes should improve performance in that area.
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Old 3 Dec 2016, 15:26 (Ref:3693346)   #3377
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I'd love a small hybrid system.
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Old 4 Dec 2016, 01:30 (Ref:3693452)   #3378
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Agree with Faustino - if they keep updating the look of the cars like what Fry has proposed from 2018 onwards, the tub can stay as long as it likes
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Old 7 Dec 2016, 17:06 (Ref:3694573)   #3379
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Max Chilton confirmed (with Gallagher sponsorship) at Ganassi - live on FB just now.
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Old 6 Jan 2017, 09:19 (Ref:3700496)   #3380
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Great article on Racer with Mark Miles on the current state of Indycar
http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/137535-interview-mark-miles-on-the-state-of-indycar
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Old 9 Jan 2017, 14:52 (Ref:3701288)   #3381
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Alex K has a lot of promise if they can keep it on the circuit!
Escuderia Telmex just twitted Luis Michael Dorrbecker will test with SPM at Sebring in March. Not much has been said. LMD is an odd man in Telmex team in my opinion, no matter how good or schite one could be, you don't throw him into Auto GP, knowing this series' is practicly dead. He did Acceleration 1, Skip Barber, Abarth.... really, if he is to be Telmex's driver in ICS he'd have to race Lights first. In the past we had drivers from Mexico, where I didn't think they were much more than pay drivers but they end up being propper pedallers: Jourdain Jr, Lavin, Martinez.... came from nowhere really.
Good luck to LMD, we need Mexican money and circuits.
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Old 10 Jan 2017, 00:04 (Ref:3701427)   #3382
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An interesting tech article regarding break; not the most glamorous aspect of motorsport but vital.

http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/ne...n-2017-795921/
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Very promising very early designs http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/13...cepts-unveiled
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Old 13 Jan 2017, 01:51 (Ref:3702229)   #3385
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IndyCar have announced a multiyear contract with Dallara.

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Old 17 Jan 2017, 17:44 (Ref:3703219)   #3387
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IndyCar announce multiyear contract extension with Firestone.

http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/01/...tone-extension.

Excellent news coming on the back of the Dallara contract.
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Old 17 Jan 2017, 21:16 (Ref:3703252)   #3389
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I can't look at these renderings and not think about sharks.
Bah, humbug. Cartoons. Speed Racer specifically.

However...apparently it suits the present "adult" fan...
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Old 18 Jan 2017, 10:33 (Ref:3703337)   #3390
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I can't look at these renderings and not think about sharks.
Those renderings are a bit shark like. However, they are more in keeping with the Lolas, Reynards and Swifts of the CART era. When the IRL setup the ICONIC commitee in 2010, a lot of fans were hoping the new car was was going to look similar but the ICONIC committee didn't go down this route and opted for the DW12.

When the DW12 was chosen, it came in for a lot of criticism, not just for its lack of aesthetics but also because of the technical issues surrounding it, particularly weight balance, which was initially fixed with a lump of metal in the nose. Though once resolved, the DW12 proved to be a good racer. Though drivers complained that the introduction of aero-kits, to differentiate between engine manufacturers, changed the character of the car not for the better as well as Chevrolet producing the dominant kit.

It's worth having a look at this article just to see what might have been.

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/a...-never-were-2/

I personally thought Lola's concept was the best, as it addressed a lot of issues, particularly a common tub for Indy Lights and IndyCar, to cut costs and aero-kits to differentiate between engine manufacturers.

Whether the new design, will allow for some sort of differentiation between engine manufactures hasn't been mentioned. However, I think the series is finally on the right track, regarding the car, though we will only know that once the 2018 season is underway.

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