30 CHEVROLET 2015 RC/SO AERO KIT
developing the IndyCar aero kits and road
car aero thinking. Sure, a 2015 IndyCar
doesn’t look anything like a Chevy Tahoe or
Sonic, and its job description is hardly
comparable. But there’s genuine relevance
to pushing the limits out on the track.
Your Impala is unlikely to boast a
multi-element front wing with additional
pedestal-mounted aerofoils any time soon,
but racing know-how might help future
models become more aerodynamically
efficient as part of the ongoing quest for
reduced fuel consumption.
There are potential benefits to be found
in basic processes, too. “Many times it’s
the methods that we are leaning to test
under with this project that can potentially
help our production efforts,” Berube says.
From a fan’s standpoint, part of the
appeal of a manufacturer aero war and
the associated performance jump is the
potential for track records taking a
beating – good old-fashioned raw speed
front and center again. However, Berube
says that records are less important to
the manufacturers themselves.
“Lap times are a result,” he says. “The
goal was to go as fast as possible, and
when you start to lay in the constraints
around us, it sort of self-corrects. But we
For drivers such as Ganassi’s Scott Dixon
and Tony Kanaan, dialing in the new kits
goes hand in hand with getting used to the
increased physical demands of driving one.
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