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Why are INDY cars so ugly ?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by OZ-T, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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    OZ-T

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  2. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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    FearNothing321

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    its because the are supposed to be "safer"
     
  3. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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    They are no longer open wheel racers though

    They are now just ugly
     
  4. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    Its also so they can adapt better to the racing that they are doing (oval, road, street)

    They wanted to take away the possibility of tire contact during a crash and help the aerodynamics of the vehicles.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    I dont think they are ugly at all, just different to what last years car looked like, they are safer, sponsors are happy with the big rear wing and huge side pods, and they make really really good racing..

    In a few years when the next indy car comes you will say it looks ugly compared to this, always happens when something different comes out
     
  6. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    The ONLY thing I like about INDY is that they refuel during the race
     
  7. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    Never really been an Indycar fan, So does this mean the cars now look similar to the Le Mans Prototype cars?

    Just doesn't make sense if they are.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    They are a hybrid of open wheelers and Le Mans style cars , me no likey
     
  9. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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    FearNothing321

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    nope just added wheel coverage

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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    I'm not seeing the similarities

    [​IMG]
     
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    Speed isnt a beautiful thing.
     
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    yeah but at the end of the day, the performance is good, cars are reliable, racing is good. And i guarentee if you drove a proper open wheel car around an oval you would not mind a bit more wheel coverage even if the looks are a bit silly. To the general public its not a hugely noticable thing.

    and you still need to drive it like an openwheel car with no contact as oppose to a prototype, just the consequenses for a little contact or a small mistake are hopefully a little less now in the 2012 car.
     
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    Looks alright to me :notsure:
     
  14. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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    Can't watch what there ?
     
  15. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    They aren't any faster
     
  16. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    I totally get the safety aspect of it
     
  17. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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    Front end of an open wheeler , rear end of a Le Mans
     
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    F1 will not implement the aero change rules similar to the new Indy chassis.

    The main reason for the changes was the risk of wheel contact when running oval tracks (think of the Dan Wheldon crash). The front nose was implemented to allow the teams to make minor changes in aero packages when changing track conditions and racing types.
     
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    All about safety. I grew up by the Indy 500 track and when Jim Clark's Lotus was introduced as the first rear engine car people didn't like it either. It just never would replace the front engine rodster, they found it was safer and faster.
    " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!"
     
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    well Dallara does make a Daytona Prototype Chassis for the Rolex Grand AM Series, so maybe they took that into consideration when designing the new Indy Chassis
     

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