Universal IndyCar aero kit in 2018, Honda/Chevy development frozen

IndyCar has frozen the development of the Honda and Chevrolet aero kits for 2017 and will switch to a standard kit from 2018

Universal IndyCar aero kit in 2018, Honda/Chevy development frozen

The kits split the field competitively when first introduced in 2015, with Honda at a significant disadvantage as its kit suffered from excess drag.

It was granted dispensation to change homologated parts for the current campaign, which helped redress the balance, but talk of a standard kit emerged earlier this year.

The current specifications will be used in the 2017 season, before a universal aero kit is introduced along with a new chassis in 2018.

IndyCar president Jay Frye said the decision was made to "produce the highest quality of on-track competition while also positioning ourselves to add additional engine manufacturers".

He added: "The 2018 car is a tremendous opportunity for IndyCar and the design collaboration is already underway.

"The goal of the universal car is to be great-looking, less aero dependent, have more potential for mechanical grip/downforce and to incorporate all the latest safety enhancements."

Aero kits were part of former CEO Randy Bernard's vision of enticing new companies to enter the series when it adopted the Dallara DW12, but a standard version of the chassis was used from 2012 to 2014 instead.

Existing engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet then developed aero kits for 2015 after then-competition chief Derrick Walker revived the idea.

Honda team owners Michael Andretti and Sam Schmidt led criticism of aero kits, arguing the estimated $30million cost would have been better spent on a new television package and promotion.

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