The Verizon IndyCar Series is about to get a whole lot prettier next year.
This week, the series released the latest batch of renders for its reworked Dallara DW12 chassis in both speedway and circuit configurations.
Gone are the brutal and bulky rear pods first introduced in 2012, instead the series is transitioning to a more minimalist and avant-garde looking shape for 2018 along with a unified aero kit, doing away with the manufacturer specific bodywork used since 2015.
Teams will still get to choose between Chevrolet and Honda engines.
The speedway body kit features a totally trimmed out rear wing and skimpy front elements which should help the cars run even closer together on ovals like Texas Motor Speedway, there's also a large hole at the leading edge of the floor on either side of the driver which should help cars stick to the track surface at speeds in excess of 200 mph.
In road course configuration the aero kit retains some familiarity with aggressive triple-elements present on both the front and rear wings.
Other notable changes include adjustments to the side pods and engine cover which should help better channel air around the car's back half and generate more downforce than ever before.
It's unclear who will supply the spec aero kits next year, but the series did say the new cars are expected to begin testing at a variety of tracks this summer before entering service next season.