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I know in Europe (and post-Brexit UK) you may not get to see IndyCar as much as we do in the States, but it's got great racing and of course history. So here's a thread for the new season.

Arrow McLaren SP just unveiled their liveries for 2020 with drivers Pato O'Ward and Oliver Askew.

They may be the least-liked team to start with because of how they treated James Hinchcliffe when taking over the team, making him think he'd be driving for them until it was far too late for him to find a full-time drive elsewhere. But certainly they bring international attention. McLaren was a regular competitor in the 1970s but this is their first full season since those days.

 


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Much prefer that option and looks so much nicer than the Halo system...think it was trailed for F1 but as they run in the wet as well (do Indycars do that now?) it misted up too much to use 🙁

Also the top opening looks wider on the Indycar so not sure it would of stopped something like the Justin Wilson death?


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They're testing at COTA this week. IndyCar will be livestreaming it through their app and maybe their YouTube and/or Facebook pages.

And yes, IndyCar races in the rain -- always has! It's only ovals where they don't, for obvious safety reasons.

The cockpit glass is derived from that used in fighter jets. It can withstand any debris that an IndyCar might hit at 240 mph.

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They're testing at COTA this week. IndyCar will be livestreaming it through their app and maybe their YouTube and/or Facebook pages.

And yes, IndyCar races in the rain -- always has! It's only ovals where they don't, for obvious safety reasons.

The cockpit glass is derived from that used in fighter jets. It can withstand any debris that an IndyCar might hit at 240 mph.

I hate to think what a hot day will bring to the temp's of the cockpit.


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So far the drivers have not had any complaints during testing in Florida. I think coolsuits like used in NASCAR or IMSA would make it just fine.

The test sessions at COTA today and tomorrow are streaming on https://racecontrol.indycar.com/ by the way! A wet practice today.

 


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Aeroscreen on-board with Alexander Rossi in the wet.

 


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They're testing at COTA this week. IndyCar will be livestreaming it through their app and maybe their YouTube and/or Facebook pages.

And yes, IndyCar races in the rain -- always has! It's only ovals where they don't, for obvious safety reasons.

The cockpit glass is derived from that used in fighter jets. It can withstand any debris that an IndyCar might hit at 240 mph.

I hate to think what a hot day will bring to the temp's of the cockpit.

I was thinking the same thing Sam, it's got to get aweful hot in there with the sun baking down on them, once going should be ok but sitting before the race, grid, etc.....


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There is an air intake just below the front of the aeroscreen as well as two vents added to the nose of the car which provide airflow to the drivers.


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There is an air intake just below the front of the aeroscreen as well as two vents added to the nose of the car which provide airflow to the drivers.

oh- climatronic for indy´s 😀

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The weight of the aeroscreen (over 13 kg) has shifted the centre of gravity up and forward, so the cars will handle very differently. Throw the old setup books out the window! (Then do it again in 2022 when the new, more powerful engine formula is introduced.)

They will have more boost for qualifying at the Indianapolis 500 this year, meaning higher speeds, but with the higher weight, that could make things interesting. Perhaps they won't be able to go flat like they have been in recent years.


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Regarding 2022 engine rules.

 

INDYCAR, in partnership with Chevrolet and Honda, will implement a single-source hybrid system in its race cars for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season that will provide key enhancements ranging from competition to safety.

In keeping with INDYCAR’s history of integrating innovation into the sport, the hybrid powertrain will mark the first time that the vehicles will depart from the traditional, manual hand-held electric starters to a hybrid component that can be activated by the driver from the cockpit.

The hybrid system will work in parallel with the internal combustion engines from Honda and Chevrolet, combining growing hybrid technology with the traditional power plants to produce in excess of 900 horsepower for the most competitive racing series in the world.

The hybrid technology will consist of a multi-phase motor, inverter and electric storage device that will create energy recovery from the car’s braking system.

The addition of the hybrid technology to the traditional engine formula will provide some integral benefits for the competitors while enhancing the race action for the fans. In addition to allowing drivers to restart their cars from the cockpit, the system will increase the horsepower of the push-to-pass system and potentially improve the pace and overall time of races.

“It’s an exciting time for INDYCAR with the forthcoming evolution of the cars and innovations like the hybrid powertrain being incorporated into the new engine,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “As we move toward the future, we will remain true to our racing roots of being fast, loud and authentic, and simultaneously have the ability to add hybrid technology that is an important element for the series and our engine manufacturers.”

The addition of the hybrid powertrain will push the debut of the new engine formula from 2021 to 2022, realigning it with the arrival of the next-generation chassis as initially scheduled. The move will allow INDYCAR to continue working on other future innovations for the new package as well as extend the window of opportunity for an additional OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to join Chevrolet and Honda in 2022.

"Honda is committed to racing in order to develop people and technologies relevant to the future of our sport and our world,” Honda Performance Development President Ted Klaus said. “INDYCAR offers us the perfect platform to prove out both people and technologies in an environment where measurement of successes and failures is crystal clear."

“Chevrolet supports delaying the implementation of the revised engine regulations until 2022 to coincide with the NTT IndyCar Series introduction of new technologies with the chassis,” U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports Jim Campbell said. “The partnership between Chevrolet and IndyCar remains a strong platform for showcasing relevant technologies that we incorporate in our production engines, and transfer learnings in performance, reliability and efficiency between the racetrack and the showroom.”

The hybrid powertrain will be integrated into the push-to-pass system and provide a power boost to the tool used by drivers for overtaking on road and street courses. The current system, which is limited to 200 seconds per driver in those events, will gain additional horsepower from the hybrid system to help INDYCAR reach its target goal of achieving 900-plus horsepower for its cars.

From a safety standpoint, the system will improve on-track situations by giving the driver the ability to restart the car quickly should it stall on track. This will help reduce the time the driver and AMR Safety Team are exposed on track as opposed to awaiting a manual restart.

This feature also provides a benefit to the fan experience by potentially helping reduce the number of caution flags for stalled cars on track and leading to improved overall pace and time of races.

The new engine regulations will be in place for six years - 2022 through the 2027 seasons - in a concerted effort to provide a clear vision and stability for the NTT IndyCar Series engine manufacturers and teams. It is a continuation of INDYCAR’s initial five-year strategic competition plan that originated in 2016.

Chevrolet and Honda will continue with the current homologation table through the 2020 and 2021 seasons.


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Also, shortly after IndyCar boffins were in talks with Mercedes about potentially re-joining the series, McLaren F1 announced their Mercedes engine deal. Mercedes of course has plenty of experience with hybrid systems from F1. McLaren has re-entered IndyCar. I would not be surprised to see an announcement sometime in the next couple of years that there will be a "McLaren-Mercedes" partnership in both series.


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Also, shortly after IndyCar boffins were in talks with Mercedes about potentially re-joining the series, McLaren F1 announced their Mercedes engine deal. Mercedes of course has plenty of experience with hybrid systems from F1. McLaren has re-entered IndyCar. I would not be surprised to see an announcement sometime in the next couple of years that there will be a "McLaren-Mercedes" partnership in both series.

Hi Keeper, not sure where I read it, but I think Mercedes is leaving F1 in the next 3 yrs..


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