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Fans of NASCAR spent years preparing for the “Car of Tomorrow.” During the 2007 season, as NASCAR worked to integrate the “COT” and teams tested the new design, analysts would remind the viewers watching at home what changes were coming with the Car of Tomorrow. The supposed improvements did little to instill confidence in viewers as it was always in reference to whichever car was in last place, struggling to keep up with the field, or out of commission before the final lap.

In February 2008, the Pittsburgh Tribune recorded video of the Car of Tomorrow chassis as presented by a NASCAR tech inspector. The inspector listed the benefits of the new chassis as safety and less costly. Safety meaning that the wider, taller design was created to make it easier to pull drivers out of the car in the case of a severe accident and keeping costs down not just from less-costly frame rails, but by requiring the rails to stay within 1/4 inch of NASCAR’s regulations. In other words, keeping teams on a level playing field.

NASCAR’s intention was to improve performance and competition with the Car of Tomorrow, but fan reviews state otherwise. So in July, when Randy Bernard announced new engine regulations and a new chassis design, who could blame race fans for airing concern that the changes would have the opposite effect intended? Fortunately, the impact was crystal clear- that rather than move the IZOD IndyCar Series closer to a spec series, we were moving even further away. The changes emphasize the value of competition and collaboration as the direct sources of innovation. Similar to NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow, the new chassis, produced by Dallara, will reduce costs for teams. It is also designed to be lighter and safer than the current chassis.

Mayor Greg Ballard, Randy Bernard, Graham Rahal and others

Dallara breaks ground in Speedway, Indiana

But then came the engine manufacturers. Helping to fuel the competition and joining Honda in 2012 will be Lotus and Chevrolet. Most exciting? Each of these engine suppliers not only represent a different continent, but they also bring unique memories from racing history along with their names.

Green and yellow, a beautiful sight

Lotus Display at the LA Auto Show

And don’t forget about the aero kits. Teams will be able to personalize the product they place on the track with custom aero kits produced by Lotus, Chevrolet, and Dallara. The diversity in these kits will help avoid a situation similar to NASCAR’s announcement in early 2010 that spoilers would be reintroduced to their cars to help improve races and, admittedly, return to a more-comfortable look on the cars.

In the coming year, keep an eye on IndyCar.com/2012 for updates and announcements on what changes are coming to the IZOD IndyCar Series and voice your opinion on how these changes will affect the quality of racing for the fans. Submit your own design for the Future IndyCar or connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter and tell us what you think of the IZOD IndyCar Series efforts to increase competition and improve the quality of racing on the track, you might even see your comment right back here on the IndyCar blog. What other announcements are you hoping to hear during the 2011 season to make for a better 2012 season?

Another fan design

Future IndyCar Design Submitted by Rick Jones

Latest Chassis Design

Posted on: November 14, 2010 | Comments(6) | 2012 Chassis Designs | By: Daniel

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. For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Here is the latest design from Italy and Daniele Sanfilippo (who has already sent us multiple cool designs). Take a look and let us know what you think. AND – remember, you can submit your designs to us. We’d love to see them.

Daniele had this to say about his designs:

In this proposal, I have not given the initial design provided by Dallara. I built this from scratch mistaken some proportion. To be my first 3D design I’m quite happy.

In this car I tried to create a connection between the cars of the late ’70s and what could be the future concepts for the utilization of materials. As you will see on the sides are missing the air intake vents. In fact there are! Are vertical slots that follow the car’s aerodynamic profile. The sides are designed in two blocks. The upper part tapers towards the tail, creating the effect of Coca Cola is already known in F1. The bottom, however, is developed on the other hand, creating the side of safety necessary to avoid “engaging” among the cars.

The rest is all fiction that probably will not make the car go fast, but it certainly makes it pleasant to behold.

New 2012 design by DanSanfy13 front view

New fan submission from Daniele Sanfilippo.

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{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.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Courtesy of OpenWheelAmerica.com, another hand-drawn 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis design by Christopher Leone:

Fan design: 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis design

Christopher Leone's Design

This is the latest design submission, would  love to see different angles of this spec.

Can’t wait to see what everyone else is coming up with–submit your designs!! We enjoy posting your work so get to the drawing board and come up with something creative and innovative!

New 2012 Chassis Designs

Posted on: September 28, 2010 | Comments(2) | 2012 Chassis Designs | By: Jarrod

Take a look at the latest fan submitted car designs- first up is Rick Jone’s design:

Fan design for the 2012 chassis

Rick Jone's design on track!

Rick says, “This design is BAT 012. It is based upon a design that I created a while back using the 1981 Interscope car as my inspiration.”

We also got another hand drawn submission. This one is by Junior Colanzi:

Junior Colanzi Design angle view

Junior Colanzi's Design

Front view, kind of cool:

Junior Colanzi Design Front view

Colanzi's Design- Front View

What do you think? We have truly been enjoying your submissions so far. If you want to design your own 2012 chassis and be featured on our Flickr Set and blog, all the information is listed below. Have Fun- Looking forward to what else you come up with!

{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.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

A Design from Argentina

Posted on: September 15, 2010 | Comments(2) | 2012 Chassis Designs, Fans, New Media | By: Jarrod

Compliation by Adrian ablo Larrondo

Adrian's Compliation

Apologizes for the image size, it was this size or pixelated! Hopefully the designer’s comments will help with the formatting issue:

“Hi, I’m Adrian Larrondo, industrial design student in Argentina. My concept is inspired by the lines of the 50 aircraft and try to move them to the safety Selda Ustad provided.

This design is the first of three concepts that I developed for the category, all my work I found in my facebook and consult enthusiasts, from already thank you very much for the opportunity to show my designs and on this side of the world there are not many competitions on cars is my passion.”

Think you can come up with a design? We want your submissions!

{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.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.