Let me ask you a question, what exactly do you mean by "aerodynamically unstable". What high downforce car exactly doesn't become unstable when downforce is suddenly taken away or disrupted? You're acting as if IndyCars flip on a whim or if you take away a bit of the front wing suddenly an IndyCar will be upside down.
Explain exactly how an IndyCar is that aerodynamically unstable to the point of being dangerous?
munudeges wrote:Doing a NASCAR comparison doesn't help the argument.
A NASCAR car to car comparison is not apt. What is more apt is the aerodynamic nature of oval racing. Look at the Daytona Prototypes. The nature of ovals (or just very high banked corners with extreme speeds) means that any slight change in aerodynamics can have very very catastrophic effects on a car. This is a picture of a daytona prototype that flipped wildly while testing at the Daytona 24hr road course just a few months ago.
This is also not the old Daytona Prototype. This is the new IMSA penned improvements to the DPs to make them competitive with the LMP2s. Which means more downforce, more efficient brakes, more technology. Better use of downforce and more ground effects. So despite all these technological improvements done by the USCR series to make the DPs match the P2s much better... stuff like this still happens on very high speed banked corners.
Going back to the question of safety in the IndyCars... let's not even look at the DW12 yet. Let's look at the older IR03 chassis.
Do you remember Ralf Schumacher's crashes at the banked corners of the Indy GP? He got injured didn't he?
This is a far more serious crash in the IR03 (remember the IndyCars used the same chassis from 2003-2010) at the same corner
And both Meira and Matos were far less injured than Schumacher in that crash. And the DW12 is a drastic improvement in terms of safety and aerodynamics than that crappy IR03 chassis
You're going to have to start being more specific on these "issues" munudeges.
WilliamsF1 wrote:Why does indy have so many street races? They are expensive and safety is always compramised.
Money. IndyCar has a large sanctioning fee that street course venues are fine paying. They also tend to draw the biggest crowds at Indy. The Sao Paolo race was sold out.
Indycars need to decide what they want to be.
It has, it doesn't want to be an American GP2. There's no one "holy way" to build an open wheeler and the European mindset of open wheel design is certainly not anywhere near "the best" way as the racing has proven recently.