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BAT Engineering Bids For IndyCar Business

Three respected engineers have made a bid to design and build the next generation of IndyCar under the BAT Engineering banner.
Three of the most successful designers in recent IndyCar history have joined forces, and will look to return to the winners circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an innovative new design for the series' 2012 makeover.

Former Lola chief designer and Reynard vice-president Bruce Ashmore, March and Galmer designer Alan Mertens and G-Force designer Tim Wardrop have formed BAT Engineering - an acronym of their first name initials - and will submit a comprehensive proposal to the Indy Racing League as the next chapter in IndyCar racing is being written.

The BAT proposal focuses not only on creating a dynamic new competitive platform for the IndyCar Series, but it also brings an extensive plan for job creation in Indiana - a pre-requisite for consideration by the IRL.

The three designers, each of whom have been part of milk-drinking outings at the Indianapolis 500, bring experience, innovation and extensive research to the process, and admit that the opportunity to develop a clean-sheet design was one that all three found too exciting to pass up.

The BAT Engineering design has not only produced a very fast car, but it also provides the strength and structure to allow the drivers to race hard and go wheel-to-wheel without ending their race early.

BAT also hopes that its plan will serve as the catalyst for re-energising the motorsports industry that surrounds the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating new opportunity for the region through the design, build and support of the next generation IndyCar. BAT's bid is based on a programme that would see the design entirely built within a 30-mile radius of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using highly skilled American labour.

Following meetings with renowned Indianapolis surgeon, Dr Terry Trammell and IndyCar safety and technical directors Jeff Horton and Les Mactaggart, BAT started the design process with the core consideration of driver safety.

With the very latest in Computer Aided Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics software to develop the shape and aerodynamics of the new race car, the company is putting technology on their side for the design, and the firm has also made agreements with various software and simulations companies to most efficiently manage the modelling and pre-build testing of the entry long before it hits the track.

Further details of the concept, which features strength, protected wheels and stable aerodynamics to ensure close racing, will be announced in the near future.

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March 06, 2010 1:47 AM

Not exactly as hideous as the Delta Wing but it could be it's 1st or 2nd cousin - definitely in the family. We want a car that LOOKS GOOD. All this CAD design this and simulation that is nice but damn, can't they make it look proper? I bet this car looks like a Subaru WRX from the rear. And why does it have a Honda sign on the nose? Is it a done deal that Honda will be the supplier.

Jeremiah - Unregistered

March 06, 2010 12:08 PM

Actually, yes, it is a done deal that Honda will supply the engines through 2011. And Honda is currently developing a v6 turbo charged engine for 2012 and beyond. They are the only manufacturer even working on an IndyCar engine, so its safe to say that they will in fact be the sole supplier at least through 2013. As far as the design, is it just me or does this design take cues from all the other designs? The front and rear wing have Swift written all over them, while the nose cone looks a lot like Lola's. Th engine cover looks a lot like Dallara's, and the rear "bumbers" behind the wheels look like Delta Wings. Im good with the Lola or Swift designs. Both are sleek and sexy...

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