SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) — Honda’s superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork package on the TE Connectivity Andretti Autosport entry to be driven by Simona de Silvestro was unveiled today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The new package features a range of options available to teams to utilize for qualifications and the 200 lap race. The platform was designed, developed and supplied by California-based Honda Performance Development, and the aero kit will make its public on-track debut May 3 during a Promoter Test at IMS. Chevrolet’s superspeedway aero package also will be on track May 3.
The road/street and short oval and superspeedway aero kits were developed by utilizing the latest in Computer-Aided Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics technology, then validated using Driver-In-Loop simulators. The process allowed the aerodynamic direction to be determined before full-size components were created.
Full-scale wind tunnel testing was used to confirm performance characteristics and develop aero maps to be used during manufacturer on-track testing from early October 2014 through mid-January 2015.