Is this what an IndyCar could look like in the future?
Designer Samir Sadikhov has created a concept of how IndyCar could develop in the future, with a homage to Fernando Alonso!
Thanks to the Indy 500 being competed over the last weekend and the participation of ex-F1 drivers Takuma Sato (who ended up winning the event for the second time in his career) and Fernando Alonso, we're probably all up to our eyeballs in IndyCar right now. IndyCar and Formula 1 are the two top-level single-seater championships in the world right now and whilst they may both be based on single-seater open-wheel cars, both types of car couldn't be any more different from each other in many ways! As a result, it's fun to speculate as to how IndyCar could develop down the line. That's a question that budding automotive designer Samir Sadikhov has asked and it led him to design a concept showing how he thinks IndyCar could possibly evolve in the future... with a little homage to Fernando Alonso (one of his favourite drivers) in the process!
When designing this future IndyCar concept, Sadikhov had a few main things in mind. Firstly, he wanted to imagine how an IndyCar could look if there was total freedom of design. Secondly, it would be set up for a road course. Thirdly, it had to be able to work if it was ever tried in real life. To make sure all those points were met, he collaborated with aerodynamicist Sébastien Sorne and car interior designer Guillermo Mignot on the project. The final result is a sleek, futuristic single-seater with a closed cockpit, a high-downforce body kit, some seriously impressive air intakes and an incredibly minimalistic interior with pretty much all the controls on a steering wheel that looks like it could have come straight out of Cyberpunk 2077.
It really does all aerodynmically check out too! Sorne made sure to run it through current-level aerodynamic simulation systems whilst the project was being designed and you can see the images from those simulations below:
Of course, being an Alonso-inspired car, it has the yellow and blue colour scheme of his championship-winning 2005 and 2006 Renault F1 cars, as well as the silver diamond graphics of his Arrows McLaren 2020 Indy 500 car and the logos of his Kimoa clothing company. Whilst the technical and aerodynamic aspects of the design are clearly the main focus (it is a racing car, after all), I really love that Sadikhov included that homage to Alonso's championship-winning past in the colour scheme.
Image: Samir Sadikhov
Sadly, Alonso didn't get the Indy 500 win he'd been hoping for for a long time this year and, with his return to F1, it looks like he may never get the chance again. But, if he did return to the Indy 500, he would definitely look like a monster on track in this futuristic beast of a racing car!
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