The number of new parts in Chevrolet’s 2015 RC/SO aero
kit. The package is flexible and teams can remove elements
or add them to change downforce levels or trim a car. 123
Chevrolet’s 2015 aero kit looks
the part, but function is the
driving force for a company
that has always viewed racing
as a platform for innovation.
WORDS Mark Glendenning
STUDIO SHOTS Sean Klingelhoefer
When Chevrolet’s vice president of motorsports, Jim Campbell, describes the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway as the marque’s home track,
he definitely has a point.
Louis Chevrolet, co-founder of the
Chevrolet Motor Car Company, raced in
four Indianapolis 500s; his brother
Arthur competed in the very first in
1911, and youngest sibling Gaston won
there in 1920. But for all three, racing
wasn’t just about the glory; it was also a
proving ground for ideas and innovations.
And when Chevy returned to Indy car
racing and the Indy 500 in 2012, it was
with that same desire – to use it as a
platform to improve the breed.
“When we decided to come back into
the Verizon IndyCar Series, we loved the
relevance of the new engine formula,”
says Campbell. “Smaller displacement V6
engines with direct injection, turbocharging
and biofuel provide a great combination
of power, fuel economy and durability and
relate to what we sell in the showroom.
RACING THE CLOCK
IndyCar teams received their first aero kits
March 1. NOLA (ABOVE, March 14) and
Barber Motorsports Park (March 16-17)
were the first mass tests with the kits.