Chassis-builder Dallara has taken the wraps off the mock-ups of its 2012-spec IndyCar chassis and aero kits it will design for road courses and oval circuit racing next year.The road course and oval designs are unveiled

The new rules coming into play next year will see Dallara provide a central chassis tub to which alternative body kits can be fitted, although the rule allowing teams to design their own aerodynamic parts has been pushed by until 2013 as part of an agreement reached between the teams in Brazil a week ago.

With the first mock-up version shown off an Indianapolis on Tuesday, the new car will be tested from august onwards. It will be on display in the weeks leading up to the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May.

The road course design shows a slight-raised nose cone The oval-spec racer sees the front wing fused to the nose
The road course design shows a slight-raised nose cone The oval racer sees the front wing fused to the nose

“The idea behind these is to show two totally different-looking vehicles that underneath are the same chassis,” Tony Cotman, the project lead in the new rules package, is quoted as saying.

“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.

“So will these be exactly what Dallara’s kits are going to look like on road courses and ovals next year? No.”

The rear end has seen a very unusual treatment The new car features a more sculpted design around its sidepods
The rear end has seen a very unusual treatment The new car features a more sculpted design

The new design sees some marked changes from the Dallara chassis currently in use, with the most notable being a very unusual treatment around the rear of both cars. The new designs also feature a version of the ‘shark fin’ engine cover (which will help to reduce yaw when cornering at high speed), and sleeker lines around the car’s sidepods.

Dallara quality control boss in America, Sam Garrett, confirmed that the project was tracking well.

“About 95 per cent of the parts of the car are in production, and we’ll be assembling the prototype car shortly. By August, we’ll already have to be into the production run for the first 30 or 40 cars of parts.”

[Images via LAT]

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