In 2018, INDY CAR will enter a new era of design and performance.
The redesign without a new chassis was key for a few reasons. First, it saves team owners from the expense of having to buy an all-new chassis, which should keep car counts high. Second, it puts the $10 – 15 million spent on developing the aerokits back in Honda and Chevy’s pockets. Most importantly, third, it lowers the threshold for a third or fourth engine manufacturer to enter the series. Instead of having to develop an aerokit and an engine, they are just on the hook for an engine.
That’s a big help.
There are larger sidepods which sponsors will love, especially because the current sidepods can barely fit a name and other aero bits can cover the names. The LEDs to display position and push-to-pass data are more advanced and there are on-board cameras built-in all over the car.