Take a Closer Look at IndyCar's Gorgeous 2018 Aerokit

The UAK18 replaces the old manufacturer-designed aerokits, and it promises to make the racing better while looking great.

Marshall Pruett

The Dallara DW12 has been IndyCar's spec chassis for the past six seasons. It was never considered pretty. No matter what bodywork it wore–Dallara, Honda, or Chevy–the DW12 was ungainly and overly complex in appearance. It also generated a ton of downforce, which could make passing or following closely difficult.

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For 2018, a new aerokit, dubbed UAK18, would be fitted to every car in the field. The intent of the sleeker design was to remove downforce to improve the racing as well as create an elegant car.

We'll see if racing is improved this weekend when the 2018 season starts in St Petersburg, but we can judge its appearance right now. It looks spectacular, as good as the Panoz Champ Car from 2007. The bodywork is cleaner with fewer aero flicks, the absence of rear wheel guards, and simpler wings. Downforce is reduced by 20 percent, creating a car that should rely more on the driver and less on the setup.

Our Marshall Pruett breaks down all the changes below:

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