{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCar chassis will endorse. Thank you to Patrick Koepke, and congratulations to him for being the first fan to submit a design. Below is his note about how his design was created. Enjoy.

Design by Patrick Koepke

Designed by Patrick Koepke

My name is Patrick Koepke. My inspiration for the design was to blend the old Dallara chassis design with more modern “wind-tunnel” inspired sculpting, including a progressive front nose layout that increases surface area for additional downforce (like a modern propeller.) The engine cowling maintains the current design intake with additional air flow channels, and the tail (in this case a super-speedway tail) is simplified with an additional vane to adjust.

What are your thoughts?

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Comments

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  1. DonMedia on July 22, 2010 10:01 am
    DonMedia

    Hopefully, individuals like Mr. Koepke working with some of the small “Cottage Industry” fabrication shops on the west side of Indianapolis can create what the large manufacturers are unable or unwilling to create – an innovative, affordable aero package they can sell for $70,000 and do so at a profit. Innovative individual thinking like this is what the series needs. Best of luck to Mr. Koepke and all the other outside the box thinkers.

  2. Jason on July 22, 2010 10:19 am
    Jason

    I think this looks fantastic. I know a lot of fans are frowning on a “spec” tub, but I honestly thing you’re going to see teams bring all kinds of things to the table. This reminds me of the Penske “PC” chassis days when you could tell the Penske chassis by the straight rear wing attachment versus Lola’s “dog leg”. Add in the upcoming power plant changes, and you have the elements in place to bring the sport back to glory.

  3. Jerome Ritchey on July 22, 2010 11:25 am
    Jerome Ritchey

    Patrick,s design looks great. But here is a challenge for additional designs; since one of the concepts is to keep costs down, is there a way to eliminate the always vulnerable and frequently damaged $35,000 front nose cone and turn that into something wingless (like we saw pre-1970) that could still offer a degree of downforce?

  4. M.Miller on July 22, 2010 4:53 pm
    M.Miller

    Nice job. I’d like see a car with sidepods that come further up around the cockpit. Also, it would be nice if they could switch the noses out…

  5. David Zehr on July 22, 2010 4:56 pm
    David Zehr

    Jerome, it already exists and is called the DeltaWing.

  6. kt on July 22, 2010 5:16 pm
    kt

    Front/wing is too cartoonish, too gimicky. Looks like something NASCAR would do with an open wheel car. Cars are able to obtain plenty of front downforce with multiple element wings available today.

  7. Paul on July 22, 2010 7:18 pm
    Paul

    Very Boring! Very Boring! Very Boring!

  8. Patrick on July 22, 2010 10:20 pm
    Patrick

    Thanks for all the feedback.

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    sheenashirley

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  11. Robin Settle on July 31, 2010 9:41 pm
    Robin Settle

    Unbelievable, How can anyone find these designs adequate, blows my mind! Dallara could’nt have possibly designed a more unappealing safty cell for aero package designers to work with! Perhaps a 2nd grader should point out to them the difference between their design, and the Swift and Lola designs!

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