performance level with less engine power
is where a lot of our time has been spent.
But, mechanically, the car is identical on
every type of circuit. It can race on the
road courses one day, and then on an
oval the next by only taking away some
parts of the wings, basically. Already, it’s
faster on the road courses and similar to
the previous car on ovals. That, I believe,
is a confirmation of how this car has
achieved what the series asked for.
Dallara’s old IndyCar, the IR07, was a compromise solution in
road-course spec. So, with the new DW12 designed for both
ovals and road courses (with the inherent compromises that
still brings, of course), it was expected to be faster. That’s
proved to be the case, as the percentage increases in pole
speeds show (BELOW). In contrast (and also as expected),
DW12 was marginally slower in Indy 500 qualifying,
despite a turbo boost increase allowed for Pole Day.
POLE SPEED – PERCENTAGE INCREASE FROM 2011 TO 2012
-0.6 -0.3 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.9 1.2 1.5
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