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This coming week will mark the IZOD IndyCar Series’ final round of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the occasion the boys at ArtRotondo.com decided to break the walls down and unleash one of their finest works yet — Graham Rahal’s Sin City helmet.

This helmet was produced to pay tribute to the Indycar’s arrival to the city and to the city’s great attributes. Hoping that this helmet will be enough of edge that Graham will need to lead the final lap of the race and take the checkered flag to end his 2011 on a high note.

The end of season marks a lot of other end of season helmets for many others, including Vitor Meira’s latest helmets that he will also be sporting in Las Vegas along with Sebastian Saavedra’s upgraded more colorful Colombian influenced helmets.

In the DTM series, Mercedes top driver Gary Paffett unveiled his end of season helmets which include a special matte “Bizarro” version of his classic helmet which is already making head waves throughout the racing world.

Finally US racing prodigy Alexander Rossi hopes to finish on top of his World Series by Renault season with his brand new modified helmet style complete with his trademark ghost pattern palm trees to pay tribute to his native of California, so that the entire world see’s what he’s accomplishing and most importantly where he comes from as being the only american with a valid Formula Super License in the world.

The end of season is always a sad time for us as before everything else, we are avid racing fans, but work never stops and which is why you have to stay posted on the Indycar blog throughout the off season for our full updates on all of our upcoming projects and remember to also check in to www.artrotondo.com for day to day updates and on our Twitter and Facebook fan pages.

Andretti Autosport recently invited me into Riverside Jr. High School in Fishers, Indiana to listen, along with a class of 25 students, to a presentation on IndyCar aerodynamics. Students in Brad Bill’s Tech Education class had the opportunity to ask Andretti crew member, Kelly Potter, how to make the miniature balsam wood cars they are building this semester go fast.

The classroom setting offered the unique experience to have the high-tech aerodynamic theories in use on IndyCars brought down to a level that 8th graders could understand. A key point among those theories was to focus on the shape of the car. As Kelly put it, think of things that go fast like a jet or even a ship, they always have a pointed front.  He next equated the “drag” created by wind to the force to someone trying to swim in heavy clothing.

Kelly went further in depth to describe the down force effect created by the placement of wings on an IndyCar. He then complimented the students by explaining how cool it was to see them try to apply similar design techniques used on IndyCars because he did not have that opportunity in 8th grade.

When Kelly went on to explain how the logos on IndyCars can create increased drag and weight on the vehicle, Tech Education teacher, Brad Bill, jumped in to connect the same theory to his students’ frustration with the amount of sanding required to perfect their cars. As he told students, there is a purpose after all to the amount of sanding it takes to make a car run smoothly.

Students had the opportunity to view an IndyCar up-close as part of the lesson and show off their own designs to Kelly Potter. His pick for the best student car? The one with the coolest paint job.

Andretti crew member choosing his favorite model car

Andretti Autosport Crew Member, Kelly Potter, critiques the student's car designs

 

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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Latest Chassis Design

Posted on: October 27, 2010 | Comments(16) | 2012 Chassis Designs | By: Jarrod

{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.

Latest design is in from Levi Hosselrode! Check out the angles he sent us:


Quarter view

Quarter view

This photo of the front view is particularly interesting:

Head on view

Front view

Sideview of Fan Design

Side view

What do you think of this new design? Leave a comment on the blog! Also, check out the complete archive of chassis entries in our Flickr set: here.

Remember: We are always accepting new designs, so get creative! We’d love to see what you have been working on.

Now that the IZOD IndyCar Series has finished we haven’t got any IndyCar driver helmets at the workshop, so I’ve posted some pictures of the painting process on one of Ernesto Viso’s helmets.

The designs come from his cousin Juan Carlos in Milan and this is the information we work from on all of EJs’ helmets. We try to keep to the original concept as closely as possible, but we have the final say on colors, effects, etc. as designs often evolve along the painting process. As a helmet progresses we often think of additional touches and paint techniques that will enhance Juan Carlos’s designs.

"SCARECROWd" Helmet

E.J. Viso's SCARECROWd Helmet

The first step is to prep & primer-coat the helmet surface, so that the paint will key to the shell and stand up to the battering the helmets take during a race. Each section of the design is masked off and the colors are then airbrushed in one at a time.

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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.

IZOD IndyCar Series  fans will have the opportunity to design the helmet Sarah Fisher will wear in the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 2nd.

Sarah

Sarah in action at Chicagoland

For the second year in a row, Sarah Fisher and Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) is going pink for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

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New helmet designs

Posted on: August 27, 2010 | Comments(3) | Drivers, Helmet Designs | By: Jason Fowler

The workshop at JLF Designs has been as busy as ever with more IndyCar helmets being painted for Dan Wheldon and E.J. Viso. Two helmets have been recently painted for Dan with one featuring a design combining his main sponsors NOS energy drink and National Guard which has a camo design which is very time-consuming to paint! Each of the tiny blocks is laid on as masks so that the next color can be sprayed over the top and the process is repeated until all three colours are done. Then it can take over an hour just for the masks to be removed. There are no short-cuts in helmet paintwork!

Dan Wheldon's helmet

Wheldon's camo design

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