IndyCar »

Wirth partners with Honda on aero kit

Wirth Research is to work with Honda Performance Development to develop the engine supplier's aero kit package, which will be sold to teams for use on the new model IndyCar from 2012.
Wirth Research have announced a new project with Honda Performance Development that will see the two companies collaborate on providing client IndyCar teams with full technical support, and which will also see the two companies develop the new bodywork aero kits that Honda will be offering to teams for use in 2013.

IndyCar is introducing a brand new core car for all teams from the start of the 2012 season, replacing the current model dating from 2003. The IndyCar safety cell has already been developed by Dallara and is currently undergoing test runs led by Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport and will be rolled out to teams over the winter.

A new engine specification is also being introduced, with Honda one of three engine manufacturers supplying the new 2.2-litre turbocharged V-6 engine for next season alongside Chevrolet and Lotus. The original plan was for the three engine suppliers to also provide aerodynamic bodywork kits (one for ovals, one for street courses) for the teams who have signed up for their power plants, but after team objections over costs the introduction of aero kits has now been delayed until 2013. Until then, the car will run default aero kits supplied by Dallara as part of the basic car build.

Last week, Honda announced that their bespoke IndyCar aero kit offering will be developed in partnership with Wirth Research, the British engineering group founded by Nicholas Wirth in 2003 that has recently been key to developing the Virgin Racing F1 car.

It's the latest partnership between Honda and Wirth, which has already seen Wirth Research's advanced all-digital aerodynamic and chassis development process contribute to Honda's American Le Mans LMP1 and LMP2 prototype category entries. The LMP1 category HPD ARX-02a won the outright ALMS title in 2009 while earlier this year the closely related HPD ARX-01e came close to overcoming the current diesel monopoly when Highcroft Racing's entry finished a close second to Peugeot in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

"Our relationship with Wirth Research has already delivered some remarkable results in all of the world's greatest sportscar series, and races including both the 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 Hours," said HPD vice-President Steve Eriksen. "We have total trust in Wirth Research's proven design, development and engineering expertise.

"On top of this comes our new IndyCar project," he continued. "With the advent of new multi-engine regulations plus plans to allow manufacturers to introduce their own bodywork packages, our special relationship with Wirth Research takes on additional impetus and importance in the next few years."

Wirth Research's signature offering is their use of advanced ground-breaking digital Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) systems to optimise chassis and aerodynamic development, which is a much more cost-effective way of designing race cars and aero kits than traditional wind tunnel methods.

"The results we have achieved together to date at the peak of international sportscar racing speak for themselves and underline the level we have achieved [with CFD]," said Nick Wirth. "Now we have taken full advantage of the flexibility and efficiency offered by these ground-breaking technologies to ensure our hugely successful sportscar programme goes from strength-to-strength. Moreover we will be in a position to offer similar technical resources to the Honda IndyCar teams in 2012 and beyond."



Tagged as: Honda , Chevrolet , Dallara , chassis , Lotus , CFD , wirth , aero kits

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Photo of the new 2012 specification Dallara chassis, unveiled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 10 2011 with the cars grouped around the historic
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates with the Ed Carpenter Racing team after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Maxx - Unregistered

September 13, 2011 5:58 PM

Can they make an aero kit to cover the whole car? That has got to be the ugliest thing in racing. The body style at the top can hardly be called an open wheel race car. If I want to watch cars banging off one another there is already Nascar for that.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.