Panther Racing owner John Barnes has lauded the potential culture change in IndyCar design following the unveiling of DeltaWing's radical concept for the 2012 series.
Barnes claimed that the design, which differs not only from the current Dallara IndyCar but also from any of the other designs proposed for the new-look car to feature in two years' time, would be a breath of fresh air for a category that needed to re-establish itself.
Revolutionary from every angle, the design features an ultra-narrow front track to saves weight, while fairings for the tyres reduces aerodynamic drag and prevents wheel interlocking. The Delta plan view shape provides undisturbed airflow to the downforce generating ground effect underbody venturi located beneath the car's centre of gravity just ahead of the widely spaced rear wheels, while highly efficient downforce, produced with negligible wake, ensures minimal loss of aerodynamic performance for a trailing car, thus enhancing the on-track overtaking spectacle.
“What has been proposed by the DeltaWing group is a new light, a new vision, an open book, and a completely different approach to our sport," Barnes insisted, "Today's announcement is not as much about this car as it is a new philosophy and a much-needed culture change in the sport of open-wheel racing. This is about becoming part of the 21st Century and not living in the 20th Century. Every industry in the country is refocusing their efforts to become more efficient and it is time for the IZOD IndyCar Series to do the same.
“Our sport is one of the greatest on the planet and, in order to ensure longevity, and a bright future, it takes bold decisions by people who are fearless and unafraid of making dramatic changes. Today, possibly more so than any other time in our sport, is that time. I applaud Chip Ganassi, Ben Bowlby and everybody associated with the DeltaWing group for their forward thinking approach to our sport. This is a game-changer for us.”