An aero kit is just that – a kit. In the case of Honda’s RC/SO
package, more than 100 separate pieces work as an effective
whole to significantly raise overall downforce levels for 2015. 100-PLUS
Honda-equipped teams got a first
chance to put serious mileage on their
road course aero kits – and check out
the Chevrolet opposition – in pre-season
testing at NOLA (ABOVE) and Barber.
For go, not show...
Form follows function
on the new-for-2015
Honda RC/SO aero
kit, but the end result
is still impressively
memorable in the
generate staggering downforce figures.
From a simple visual perspective, the
design produced by HPD and its partners
looks nothing like Chevrolet’s aero kit,
which can only help fans and the series to
distinguish between the two brands.
If the Bowtie’s kit has added new pieces to
the base Dallara DW12 without overly hiding
its origins, Honda’s efforts have largely
disguised the Italian chassis. No less than 17
wing elements can be found at the front of
Honda’s “RC/SO” (Road Course/Short
Oval) kit. Its sidepods have sprouted wings
in front of the rear tires, while beneath
those elements, a new solution for radiator
exit ducting is both elegant and intriguing.
The Honda’s engine cover is long and
extended, and makes use of a pronounced
fin. The rear wing sports three elements
and monstrous endplates, and is
sandwiched by rear wheel guards that add
two dihedral elements which extend the
width of the rear wing assembly.
In almost every area where Chevy and
Honda had freedom to explore, differing
paths and philosophies have been chosen
and expressed – which is exactly what
IndyCar had hoped for.
“Aero kits are a way to move away
from spec thinking in the IndyCar Series
and to reinstate genuine competition,”
says HPD vice president Steve Eriksen.
“We’ve had great competition with our
respective engine designs, but those