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IndyCar puts Formula 1 to shame with its stunning 2018 car

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No, it’s not some fans fantasy dream car nor a glossy concept model from a computer animation. This is real, this is the new Indy Car.

After years of looking at atrocious single seater cars in IndyCar and Formula 1 with its shark fins, wheel covers, high barn-door-wings, phallic-noses and revolting halo hoops, the 2018 IndyCar is a beautiful sight for very sore eyes. Touted as being “bolder, safer, even more thrilling” IndyCar seems it has bucked motorsport’s latest trend of ignoring millions of fans and what they have been screaming out for and listened to us by creating a stunning new car.

Designed by Dallara and “design experts in the United Kingdom – paired with input from drivers, teams and fans alike”, the design has even “allowed for a cockpit windscreen application, when developed” which suggests that unlike F1’s cringe-worthy attempts to shoe-horn a safety halo onto a donkey, IndyCar have very thoughtfully and very carefully considered this and designed a car almost around a future windscreen.

What do you think, is this the most beautiful single seater you’ve seen in many years? maybe ever?


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  1. It makes the car look comically short. Plus, it was brought in to entice more manufacturers – It won’t do that, all it’ll do it force the already struggling teams to spend a fortune (x2 by virtue of the two kits) on yet another bodywork change.

    Plus, I was a fan of manufacturer variation

    • Think one of the biggest differences in comparing MotoGP/WSBK and F1/IndyCar is the differences in product – WSBK, aside from the production bikes & race weekend format, doesn’t really offer something different from MotoGP and doesn’t carry much name power threat in comparison. IndyCar, meanwhile, is the pinnacle of open-wheel racing on ovals, has a crown jewel race that still attracts even the best of the F1 crop, and plenty of other aspects that allow for people to make comparisons as their products are vastly different.

  2. I like the look of the thing a lot but, like some of the others here, the question is always a matter of costs and accessibility. IndyCar has been losing teams like you’d never believe and is doing well to still have 33 cars at Indy every May, and also doing well in the sense that teams like Coyne and RLL can win races. Parity is key; dominance of two or three big teams led to the discontent that gave birth to the IRL ~25 years ago and hoping we don’t return to that.
    I also will miss the DW12 because of the absolutely incredible racing it produced at Indy; some of the 500s with the old chassis were snoozefests, hoping there’s no return to that either.

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