Went out to to watch a few Izod Indycar teams test out the new 2012 cars at Infineon Raceway the other day. The new 2012 cars sport very different aero packages compared to last year. With a wider underwing, rear fairings, and rear crash structure to enhance safety. Even though they made some drastic changes to the look, all the changes seem to emphasis on safety, which is always good.
The cars are now powered by Honda,Chevy, or Lotus turbocharged 2.2 liter V6’s running on E85-R. With 22.47psi lbs of boost from BorgWarner turbo(s) and a 12,000rpm rev limit the cars are still very fast. The cars sound good to me , the sound reminds me of JGTC cars. On a side note, I could tell which cars were Chevy or Honda powered by the sound alone, even though the engines are of similar configuration.
Only a few teams testing, but got to see drivers like: Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti, and Indy rookie / F1 Veteran Rubens Barrichello to name a few. Very cooling seeing that caliber of drivers in person.
Since it was a test day, there weren’t too many people at the track, it was nice to walk around without all the crowds of a race weekend. Took a quick nap with the sound of Indy Cars lapping… quite relaxing.