Swift Presents Chassis Design for 2012 IndyCar Series
The design concepts issued by Swift were already presented on the company's website earlier today, the chassis featuring several variations depending on the various types of circuits/ovals in the IndyCar calendar. All of them, however, feature a retro look.
“Given Swift is the leading US race car design and manufacturing company and our 27-year history was founded in motorsport, it is only natural that we aspire to partner with the nation's premier open-wheel formula, the IZOD IndyCar Series," said Swift president Jan Wesley Refsdal in a press release.
“Our goal is no less than for the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 to be run exclusively with Swift chassis. IndyCar fans love to see the engines and mechanical bits normally shielded behind bodywork. These concepts incorporate retro-styling cues that harkens to the 50s, 60s and 70s IndyCar eras,” added Swift's motorsport director Casper van der Schoot.
As Swift are currently sole chassis suppliers for Formula Nippon and the Atlantic Series, one could easily notice that the chassis aimed for circuit courses are very similar to the ones developed by the company for the Formula Nippon.
“Whatever our final IndyCar concept design Swift will incorporate its pioneering new technology to improve passing, which we've named 'Mushroom Busters' in reference to the mushroom shape of a car's aerodynamic wake signature. The 'busters' sweep up the wake behind the leading car, thus improving the handling of the following car,” further explained the very designer of the chassis, Chris Norris.
“We have already effectively utilized Mushroom Busters in our Formula Nippon car design, the 017.n and believe we can now take this technology much further on the Indycar.”
According to their statement, the cars would also incorporate a light device called SwiftLights, which will show the level of fuel load, throttle and brake positions during the race thanks to the lights being positioned on the bodywork.
For a more detailed look at the designs presented by Swift, click here.