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Honda reveals wild IndyCar aero kit

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Tuesday 10th March, 2015 - 12:49pm

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Honda Performance Development's wild aero kit

Honda Performance Development’s wild aero kit

The IndyCar Series kicks off on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida, later this month

The IndyCar Series kicks off on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida, later this month

Honda Performance Development has lifted the lid on a complex and confronting aerodynamic body kit for the 2015 IndyCar Series.

The wild look that sees a convoluted array of wings, winglets, vanes, flaps and dive planes was triggered by fresh regulations that were announced midway through 2013.

The vice-president and COO of HPD, Steve Eriksen, says the introduction of Honda and Chevrolet’s own aerodynamic bodywork will usher in a new era to the series.

“It’s pretty wild, and it’s really wide open,” said Eriksen.

“Now you’ll have the visual differences across the cars.

Chevrolet's new aero kit is somewhat tamer than Honda's

Chevrolet’s new aero kit is somewhat tamer than Honda’s

“It’s getting back to the roots of IndyCar where you have development.”

The six Honda teams will feature in an open test at Barber Motorsports Park next week ahead of the season opening race at St Petersburg, Florida, from March 27-29.

Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) performed a lot of the on-track development of the HPD kit.

The Honda bodykit will be used for the street and road courses and the short oval races.

A new aero package for the superspeedways will be delivered to teams on April 1.

HPD's aero kit was designed largely in the UK by Wirth Research

HPD’s aero kit was designed largely in the UK by Wirth Research

See below for the launch video

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