The wave of the future

Posted by Iannucci | 5/07/2008 | 4 comments »
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As part of the “Cleaner Sheet of Paper” imperative for the future of the IndyCar series, the powers that be have been working with students at the College of Creative Studies Transportation Design to help with the next generation of chassis development. After a few rounds the designs are starting to take shape, and it appears in the not so distant future IndyCars will have split wings, longer wheelbases, and spokes on the tires. Maybe even spinners.

Check out the story and the gallery yourself.

Some of these designs have merit – like simpler profiles and wider bodies. Those are very appealing, but for the most part these models are kinda, umm, how does one nicely say “fugly”?

I mean, I guess in the future the drivers will be entombed in freaking batmobiles, and they’ll be back to using turbochargers since there isn’t an air intake to be found on any of these things.

Come on, Creative Transportation Design students - you can do better. Because your humble host cares so much about the future of IndyCars, here’s a short video to help you start. Just add wings and a snappy paint job and presto!


  1. Jenna // May 07, 2008 5:15 PM  

    Red Green is my hero.. :)
    Keep your stick on ice, I'm pullin' for ya. Remember, we're all in this together..

  2. John Edward // May 07, 2008 6:17 PM

    that one is cool, in a retro-50s-kurtis-kraft sort of way...

  3. Zappatista // May 07, 2008 6:47 PM  

    I actually like the white one, number 8 if counting from right to left, the split wing one. I could work with that.

  4. Derek // May 08, 2008 4:56 PM  

    Totally unrelated to this, but it fits in the ugly category... Is it just me, or does Milka Duno look like a tranny in this picture?