The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Wednesday that 2017 will see a development freeze on the aero kits of a car before a new universal car is introduced in 2018.
Chevrolet and Honda will run their current aero kit specification as preparations get underway for the 2017 season with the development freeze taking immediate effect. Speaking about the announcement, Verizon IndyCar Series president of competition and operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
Today’s announcement follows an extended dialogue with Chevrolet, Honda, our teams and stakeholders – this decision focused on what is best for the future of the Verizon IndyCar Series, This is an integral component to INDYCAR’s long-term plan to continue to produce the highest quality of on-track competition while also positioning ourselves to add additional engine manufacturers.
Speaking about the introduction of the new car in 2018, Frye commented by saying:
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.