Chevrolet yesterday unveiled their new aero kit to be applied to Chevy-powered Dallara DW12 racecars for the upcoming 2015 Verizon IndyCar season. The aero kits are a new addition to the series for this year and will allow the drivers to carry higher corner entry and exit speeds thanks to the additional downforce they provide.
The kits will also allow for more disparity between the Chevrolet and Honda powered IndyCars. Last season, the Hondas and Chevys had identical bodies but different versions of the mandated twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V6. Now, the two manufacturers will have both different engines and different bodies, making it less like a spec-racing series and more like Formula 1, for example.
Honda won’t reveal its aero kit until March, however Chevrolet released photos of their design yesterday and uploaded a video of an aero kit-equipped car undergoing tests at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Chevy’s kit consists of uppers and a new end plate on the front wing, an inboard fence, rear flaps, a top flick, wider bumper pods, revised side pods, rear wheel wedges and other aero enhancing elements.
They may not be the prettiest things ever, but the slightly revised Dallara DW12s should allow for more exciting racing come March, when the cars will make their competition debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. In the mean time, check out the video below to see Chevy’s newly designed racecar in action ahead of its first race.