BAT Engineering submits proposal

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By indycar.com staff

Officials of the Indy Racing League have been in discussions with Lola, Dallara Automobili, DeltaWing Racing Cars and Swift Engineering about designing, manufacturing and supplying the IZOD IndyCar Series chassis scheduled to hit the racetrack for the 2012 season.
DeltaWing, Swift Engineering and Dallara have released images of design concepts and their plans based on the league’s objectives.
A fifth entrant is BAT Engineering – former Lola chief designer and Reynard North America president Bruce Ashmore, former March chief designer and engineer Alan Mertens, and longtime open-wheel racing engineer Tim Wardrop.
Its news release and images of its concept:
Three of the most successful designers in recent IndyCar history have joined forces and will look to return to the winner’s circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an innovative new IndyCar design once again starting in 2012.
Bruce Ashmore, Alan Mertens and Tim Wardrop announced the formation of BAT Engineering (Bruce, Alan, Tim) and will be submitting a comprehensive proposal to the Indy Racing League as the next chapter in IndyCar racing is being written.
The BAT proposal focuses not only on creating a dynamic new competitive platform for the IZOD IndyCar Series, but it also brings an extensive plan for job creation in Indiana.
The three designers, each of whom have been part of milk-drinking outings at the Indianapolis 500, bring experience, innovation, and extensive research to the process. The opportunity to develop a clean-sheet design was one that all three principals found too exciting to pass up.
The next IZOD IndyCar Series design will bring the next chapter in the sports history by providing a safer environment for the drivers, delivering a compelling on-track racing product for the fans, and pushing the sport forward through a concentration on clean aerodynamics and high-efficiency energy use.
The BAT Engineering design has not only produced a very fast car, but it also provides the strength and structure to allow the drivers to race hard and go wheel to wheel without ending their race early. This close racing and the durability of the car design will add to the on-track spectacle and competitive format with more entries making the dash to the checkered flag.
The IZOD IndyCar Series is well-positioned to introduce a new product and take full advantage of the exciting new shows that the BAT Engineering project car will promote.
The BAT Engineering entry is the right car to help this process, and will serve as the catalyst for re-energizing the motorsports industry that surrounds the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The new design proposal will create new opportunity for the region through the design, build, and support of the next generation IndyCar. BAT Engineering’s proposal will best address each of these targets as the team puts their technical capabilities, years of experience, and design innovation on display once again.
Following meetings with renowned Indianapolis surgeon, Dr. Terry Trammell and Indy Racing League safety and technical directors Jeff Horton and Les Mactaggart to ensure maximum safety, BAT Engineering started the design process with a core consideration-driver safety.
With the very latest in Computer Aided Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics software to develop the shape and aerodynamics of the new race car, BAT Engineering is putting technology on their side for the design, and the firm has also made agreements with various software and simulations companies to most efficiently manage the modeling and pre-build testing of the entry long before it hits the pavement.
BAT’s bid is based on a program that would see the design entirely built within a 30-mile radius of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using highly skilled American labor. Further details of the concept, which features strength, protected wheels and stable aerodynamics to ensure close racing, will be announced in the near future.
source http://www.indycar.com

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