Since this year’s Indianapolis 500 race is just around the corner, Honda has unveiled the “Super Speedway” aero kit of aerodynamic upgrades and components its teams will use at the Brickyard on May 24.
Produced by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the company’s racing arm in North America, the Honda Super Speedway Aero Kit includes a series of individual aerodynamic components fitted to the existing Honda-powered Dallara IndyCar chassis.
All elements are aimed at giving Honda’s six IndyCar teams (consisting of a potential 17 Indy 500 entrants) the ability to get the most out of their cars at the 2.5-mile (4 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, as well as other large ovals on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
“Coupled to our proven Honda Indy V6 engines, these aero kits are the products of thousands of hours of research, development and testing, as we seek to give our drivers and teams the tools they need to win the race that Honda holds as its most important goal each season: the Indianapolis 500,” said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD.
The aero kits were developed by using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, then validated using Driver-In-Loop (DIL) Simulators. Honda says this process minimized waste at the prototype stage, and allowed aerodynamic direction to be determined before to the creation of full-size components.
The parts then went through full-scale wind tunnel testing, followed by on-track testing prior to the start of production earlier this year.