IndyCar's secret manufacturer war

IndyCar's secret manufacturer war

Chevrolet subjugated Honda in the first year of IndyCar's aero-kit contest. The season might be over, but the battle has moved off-track and into a political row, as MARK GLENDENNING explains

The 2015 IndyCar manufacturers' battle was memorable for all sorts of reasons. It vindicated predictions that the arrival of aero kits would skew what had previously been a close fight between Chevrolet and Honda; a clash that achieved an organic type of parity through both sides doing an excellent job.

That clearly wasn't the case when the new aero bits were bolted on. Both needed revisions through the season, but the scorecard showed that the relatively simple and functional approach championed by Chevy's partner Pratt & Miller overwhelmed the elaborate but draggy-as-hell reply from Honda and Wirth Engineering.

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