If you haven't already heard, IndyCar announced last week it will be implementing a clear windscreen cockpit protection piece for the 2018 season. The series just completed its first test with the device, and according to Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, there are only a few minor issues that need solving.
Unlike Formula One's new halo device, the clear windscreen encapsulates the driver's entire view, which some worried might cause distortions or reflections. After Dixon's drive, he was surprised to discover that there was minimal distortion, but he said it would take some getting used to. This seems to differ from Sebastian Vettel's experience testing with F1's version of the screen last summer, saying the distortion made him dizzy.
The biggest issue right now, Dixon stresses, is the heat. Because there's no airflow at the cockpit, everything gets hot pretty quick, and with the windscreen in place, it stays that way. On the upside, sound and wind buffeting are nearly nonexistent. IndyCar says it's working on a fix.
The screen itself is made by PPG Aerospace out of a material called Opticore—similar to the stuff seen on fighter jet canopies, except stronger and lighter. Thickness measures four-tenths of an inch.
Check out IndyCar's video here to hear all of Dixon's thoughts, and the video below it for an onboard view with the screen installed.