POWER’S IDEAL CAR
GIvE ThAT MAn A PEnCIL…
Since Will Power holds some pretty well-formed views on what an IndyCar
Series car should be, we got him to do a spot of sketching and explaining…
y basic idea is to reduce downforce in
relation to the current horsepower. Or,
even better, to massively increase
horsepower. Ideally, 900hp would be
great, but 800 with an extra 50hp for
push to pass would be realistic.
The current car is too easy to drive and
what scares me is if they keep the power
at its current level, or only increase it a
little bit, and then the body kits are
introduced. The manufacturers will get a
ton of downforce back and suddenly
we’ve got pack racing on ovals and cars
that anyone can drive quickly on road
and street courses. IndyCar should
mandate a small rear wing. Everything
else can be built around that.
After that, my main aim would be to
bring the weight distribution forward – a
three percent change over the current
car, which is currently only 42 percent at
the front with the driver onboard.
Like all my favorite cars, my design
has a neat, Coke-bottle style rear
end, tightly finished at the rear with
a seven-speed gearbox (to keep the
engines in the fattest part of the
torque range), which would be
covered by the bodywork.
I examined the Red Bull F1 car at
the Detroit Motor Show and it’s so
neat – every detail perfectly finished
and shrink-wrapped bodywork.
That’s why the sidepods on my
design are so deeply swept in.
With weight distribution further forward, you can run a bigger front tire, which I’ve tried to illustrate here. You wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on front downforce – you’d be working the underbody aero more – which would mean that, when you’re following someone, you wouldn’t lose so much downforce and that would make the racing better.
position in the
current car is about
right, but I’d like a
canopy – sorry,
didn’t know how to
draw one! – mainly
for safety, but also
I want a low engine cover where the intake
for the turbos is not above the driver’s
head and the roll hoop. I want the intakes
to be buried in the bodywork, so I put mine
on the sidepod, like with ’80s Formula1
turbo cars. This, along with the lower rear
wing, will bring down the center of gravity.
The rear wing needs to be
smaller, lower and further
forward, with the top of the
rear tire at least halfway up
the endplate and the back
of the rear tire at least
halfway back on it.
Sidepods are extended
forward and the top
surface is higher and
nearer the cockpit, so
that they form part of
the deformable crash
structure. That means
there’s no need for the
floor that fills the gap
on the current car.
Also, the radiators are
moved forward to
bring the weight
74 SEPTEMBER 2012