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New Indycar aeroscreen design
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, June 6, 2020 9:49 PM

Is anyone watching the Genesys 300 Indycar race tonight? It is the first race with the new Aeroscreen design. The Aeroscreen encapsulates the driver, thus keeping the driver safer.

Any thoughts on the new look? I would find the windscreen's center support to be distracting for the driver.

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Posted by Jeffpez on Sunday, June 7, 2020 6:59 AM

It's so ugly I can't find the words to describe it.

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Posted by VintageRPM on Sunday, June 7, 2020 8:08 AM

I can. They all look like Woody Woodpecker. Great race, though.

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Posted by Papajohn on Sunday, June 7, 2020 8:58 AM

I thought they made the cars look like jet fighters without main wings. Compared to the truely ugly F1 cars of the last decade or so, I'd say these latest Indy cars are downright beautiful even with these changes. Amazing that these canopies add 60 lbs which must really screw up the weight balance and aerodynamics. I read these changes also have a significant effect on tire wear and cause a big increase in temps in the cockpit (reason for the twilight race?). I only watched the last 20 min of the race and was amazed how well the drivers and teams have adjusted to these major design changes with very little practice time. It was also wonderful to watch a sporting event of any kind these days!

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Posted by Painted Black on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:28 AM

The main thing I always liked about Indy cars is the fact that you could see the driver, with this design its has lost that and I,ll most likey not watch as much, My 2 Cents

https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/10/10-15-Cavin-Aeroscreen

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Posted by Aurora7 on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:37 AM
This was something that IRL needed to do. Losing Justin Wilson back in 2015 made them realize just how vulnerable the driver is in an open cockpit.
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:45 AM

Indycars had to do this to protect the drivers.  While it may add some aero to the cars, Indycars look a lot more sleeker than the Formula 1 cars with all their winglets and side doors.  I just find it difficult to look around that center post in the middle of the driver's view, but I suppose I'll get used to it.

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:01 PM

As an ex-race marshall of 25 years experience and coming across wheels, brake discs, wings etc, detaching themselves sometimes due to structural failure and other due to crashes, something had to be done in all major fomula/indycar design. On TV I saw various drivers have near misses or fatalities from flying objects over the years.

Up close some serious accidents also with wheels/animals and fire extinguishers causing either serious injury or death.

However they may look they must be there to save serious injury to the drivers.

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Posted by kevracer on Sunday, June 7, 2020 1:11 PM

The aeoscreen is hideously ugly. While I understand the safety aspect, something more is lost. When I was a kid, you could see the driver sitting upright working the wheel, then rear engine cars came along and you could just see the driver's head, and that was gradually eroded as they built up the cockpit sides. Now you cannot see the driver at all. Might as well be watching sports cars or hardtops. 

That wasn't a very entertaining race either

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, June 7, 2020 4:40 PM

There's a lot to say about how motor racing is at present, all remote on simulators, so much more exciting!

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Posted by Colmer on Sunday, June 7, 2020 8:44 PM
Hmm. I like what it does for the lines of the car. They are getting away from the whole open cockpit idea, but I like the look.

This is doing what I want to do when I do what I want.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 8, 2020 6:31 AM

After watching Scott Dixon trying to get out of his Indycar after winning the Genesys 300, I am starting to question the effectiveness of the aeroshields and "halos".  Even with the aeroshield, the driver appears to be using the shoulder airfoil and the cockpits are still too narrow.  It is one thing to be physically fit, but to be thin as a rail with no shoulders?

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, June 8, 2020 2:58 PM

I understand the need for the aeroscreen, but I don't like them. They are ugly and completely hide the drivers. For all we know, the cars are driven by remote control.

 

The F1 cars have a more open design for driver protection and are better looking than the areoscreen. I would find it very distracting to have the large post in front of my face. See below:

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