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Chevrolet Debuts All-New 2015 IndyCar Aero Package
Chevy-developed bodywork delivers improved aerodynamics
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INDIANAPOLIS – Chevrolet-powered racecars in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will feature Chevrolet-developed aero packages.

Chevrolet introduced the road course/short oval body design today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is distinguished from the previous racecar with new front wing elements, sculpted side pods and a new rear wing.

A speedway configuration for the aero kit, designed for high-speed ovals, will be introduced ahead of its competitive debut at Indianapolis in May.

“This is an important milestone in Chevrolet’s involvement in IndyCar racing,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We focused on developing an aerodynamic package that delivers an balanced combination of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance. It’s a total performance package.”

The new Chevy road course aero configuration delivers greater aerodynamic performance than the previous design.

“This new aero kit provides Chevrolet drivers the capability to enter and exit corners faster, while maintaining high speeds on the straights,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet IndyCar program manager.
 

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Finally Mark Reuss seems to be succeeding in forcing NASCAR and INDY to become relevant in showcasing the engineering talents in the competitors quiver.

The racing has to be relevant to the manufacturers. Chevrolet is a global racing powerhouse and they should be able to get the mileage out of their racing efforts.



More races around the world are won by Chevrolet or Chevrolet powered cars than any other brand on any given weekend.
 

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The way these aero kits are supposed to be used is different. Depending on the track, teams will choose from bits and pieces for their cars.. if they are running the oval, they will use the some bits and pieces than if they are running a road course.

Meanwhile I was hoping to see more chevrolet chaparral 2x in the new car

 

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Could GM ever field a proper F1 car? They certainly have two great racing brands to do it with.

1.) Cadillac V
2.) Chevrolet Performance

I think they could cause quite a stir with a Cadillac V F1 car and possibly lead to brand recognition in Europe & Abroad making Cadillac truly a Global Brand.

Also I think if more manufacturers especially larger mass market manufacturers got involved it could lead to a new Golden Era of F1. They would have more power to dictate rule changes and use whatever engines/powertrains they wished and have a hp/torque limit but displacement and cylinder and FI and hybrid tech is all up to the manufacturer teams.

Plus access to the American Market would be good for F1
 

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Could GM ever field a proper F1 car? They certainly have two great racing brands to do it with.

1.) Cadillac V
2.) Chevrolet Performance

I think they could cause quite a stir with a Cadillac V F1 car and possibly lead to brand recognition in Europe & Abroad making Cadillac truly a Global Brand.

Also I think if more manufacturers especially larger mass market manufacturers got involved it could lead to a new Golden Era of F1. They would have more power to dictate rule changes and use whatever engines/powertrains they wished and have a hp/torque limit but displacement and cylinder and FI and hybrid tech is all up to the manufacturer teams.

Plus access to the American Market would be good for F1
Hmm, who would they be marketing too? Would it be better to enter F1 before establishing themselves in F1's primary market(Europe)? If they're foray doesn't go well, would that have a negative effect? F1 is serious money and a team like Mclaren can spend upwards of $200 mil and still score a 5th position in constructers points. I think if GM, wants to have presence in F1, they should be talking to HAAS who will be on the field in 2016. Start with a small Cadillac sponsor ship and then look at being an engine supplier when the next set of rule get introduced. Having said that, I don't know if Infinity, even sponsoring a title winning team, did much for their brand. It didn't seem like a geniune tie-up to me. Renault was the engine supplier, so equating the performance of their F1 car to Infinity, never came across to the fans. GM needs to show engineering prowess in F1, not just sponsorship IMO.
 

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Finally Mark Reuss seems to be succeeding in forcing NASCAR and INDY to become relevant in showcasing the engineering talents in the competitors quiver.

The racing has to be relevant to the manufacturers. Chevrolet is a global racing powerhouse and they should be able to get the mileage out of their racing efforts.



More races around the world are won by Chevrolet or Chevrolet powered cars than any other brand on any given weekend.
Nascar and Indy Cars are essentially a US domestic competition - big as it is, it's not global - the FIA competitions like F1 and WRC are global, thats where global product exposure is possible.
 

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Could GM ever field a proper F1 car? They certainly have two great racing brands to do it with.

1.) Cadillac V
2.) Chevrolet Performance

I think they could cause quite a stir with a Cadillac V F1 car and possibly lead to brand recognition in Europe & Abroad making Cadillac truly a Global Brand.

Also I think if more manufacturers especially larger mass market manufacturers got involved it could lead to a new Golden Era of F1. They would have more power to dictate rule changes and use whatever engines/powertrains they wished and have a hp/torque limit but displacement and cylinder and FI and hybrid tech is all up to the manufacturer teams.

Plus access to the American Market would be good for F1
F1 is under the total control of Bernie Ecclestone - if you want to play in F1 it's by his rules, or you don't play - Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Renault and BMW all know that
 

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GM needs to show engineering prowess in F1, not just sponsorship IMO.
It's not impossible, but you do realise the enormity of such a task - even when they had mega-money to spend on motor-sport, Ford contracted Cosworth to design/build their engines - Mercedes-Benz use Ilmor for engines but have some management involvement - Honda and Ferrari do their own engines but even Ferrari sub-contract many aspects.

Basic requirement is a 1.6 V6, with 1,000 bhp at 15,000rpm with multiple systems for energy recovery.
 

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F1 is under the total control of Bernie Ecclestone - if you want to play in F1 it's by his rules, or you don't play - Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Renault and BMW all know that
Bernie doesn't control F1, he controls the commercial rights, while he does have influence in the way a guy with bullhorn does, the power he yields isn't directly connected to any technical rulemaking, that's up to the FIA.

It's not impossible, but you do realise the enormity of such a task - even when they had mega-money to spend on motor-sport, Ford contracted Cosworth to design/build their engines - Mercedes-Benz use Ilmor for engines but have some management involvement - Honda and Ferrari do their own engines but even Ferrari sub-contract many aspects.

Basic requirement is a 1.6 V6, with 1,000 bhp at 15,000rpm with multiple systems for energy recovery.
Who builds the engine is moreless inside baseball for most people other than the hardcore fans. Even within the press, not refers to Mercedes's engine as the Ilmor PU and Cosworth names was also plastered along with Ford's on their engines. If Ford decided to jump back info F1 on the engine supplier side with Cosworth, it would still be a marketing boon for their technical prowess. I agree it would take a large budget to do it, but if the success came from racing, I think that would go long way for GM's view in Europe.
 

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I think its GM's responsibility to grow the American manufacturing for motorsports foray into F1.
Think of all the jobs and technical prowess and accolades their could be for GM w/ a host of American design houses, engine builders, chassis tuners, aerodynamics engineers, tuner houses, parts suppliers etc. to provide a 100% American made F1 car and be successful.

It would be one for the history books

After the USF1 debacle I think GM with a wealthy backer perhaps Elon Musk could get together and truly revolutionize the American Auto Motorsports Industry.
Do something special and if after a course of 5 to 6 years it is too expensive get out and be forever remembered and have the recognition of growing American Auto Manufacturing forever.

This would generate new jobs and forever wash the Bankruptcy BS off. The interest in auto engineering would grow schools, and parts manufacturers and tuners etc all would grow.
It is a very exciting proposition
 

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Correction:
More races around the world are won by Chevrolet or Chevrolet STICKERED cars than any other brand on any given weekend. The bow tie does not make them Chevys.
A Chevy is whatever GM says it is. GM is the boss, they pretty much are infallible in this regard. If they say it is a Chevy, it is a Chevy. The rest of us have no say in the matter.
 
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