Honda teams competing in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series have just received a new aero kit developed by Honda Performance Development. This “package of aerodynamic upgrades” will be used by all six Honda-powered teams at each of the 15 events this year in a bid to give them an edge over the rivals.
As for what makes the new Honda IndyCar Aero Kit a necessary addition to the 2015 cars, well it includes nearly 200 individual pieces that can be fitted to the existing Honda-powered Dallara Indy car chassis. By drastically improving the aero efficiency of the racing cars, this kit maximizes their performance potential.
What’s more, the parts have been developed in an efficiently Japanese way, using Driver-In-Loop (DIL) Simulators which minimizes waste at the prototype stage. Using computer simulations, of course, can never takes the place of real world testing. So all the components of Honda IndyCar Aero Kit were first tested in a full-scale wind tunnel and then put to work on the race track on a Honda-powered Andretti Autosport car in a six-day trial.
Even though Honda dictates to the teams what sort of aero kit they have to use, they let them choose their own setup. That brings to light another feature of the new package, which is adjustability. The teams get a significant range of available configurations to tune the cars to their desired characteristics.