The Dallara DW12 was on display to the public for the first time last weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The car was borne from controversy: its enveloping rear bodywork has led many to question whether the car is really an “open wheeler”. The original idea called for a basic chassis with after-market aero parts that could be manufactured by any number of suppliers. The IndyCar Series received submissions from different constructors, ultimately choosing Dallara (the incumbent). With the DW12, Dallara more or less repeated itself and created a 21st century IndyCar chassis.
The remit on this car was to make it simpler, lighter and safer. The drivers unanimously agreed that the car is nimble and lighter, although EJ Viso and Will Power claimed to struggle in slower corners. Since it was a Chevy test, there was very little discussion of the engine (and no photos allowed) except to say that the turbo felt good.
The DW12 is a significant departure from the previous generation of cars, closer in some respects to an F1 car, and less like the brutal horsepower oval-running beats of yesteryear. Fan reaction ran from mixed to positive, but to the casual observer, the car sounds and looks like a proper open wheel race car. There was more interest in these pictures and so we posted additional photos from the test.