Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New renderings for the BAT proposed 2012 IndyCar

These new renderings have made this car really come to life. I really like this car from the nose back to just behind the roll-bar, then it makes me want to puke. The body swooping up to the back wheels makes it look very difficult for the pit crew to change the rear tires without whacking their hands into the body. The rear wing looks weak and I'm not sure what they are trying to do with the rear bumper thing-a-majig.

A couple of Crapwagon posters put it well;

All these designs pretty much utilize excess winglets that are not needed, and they try to make it look swoopy and futuristic but in the end it looks like a jumbled mess. The Swift and Lola look the best out of all the designs but even they are hard to look at aesthetically.

The EARL is equally as unnecessary, so it is not surprising that pointless hood ornaments are being added. Remember, the primary goal with any crapwagon is to "not resemble anything CC did", whether "anything" involves safety advances or aesthetic improvements.

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