CHAMPCAR/CART: 2007 chassis makes wind tunnel debut

2007 CHAMP CAR CHASSIS MAKES WIND TUNNEL DEBUT Indianapolis (January 17, 2006) -- As the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season continues to sneak closer, officials from Elan Motorsports Technologies (EMT)...

2007 CHAMP CAR CHASSIS MAKES WIND TUNNEL DEBUT

Indianapolis (January 17, 2006) -- As the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season continues to sneak closer, officials from Elan Motorsports Technologies (EMT) and Champ Car have their eyes even further down the road as EMT put a scale model of the 2007 DP01 chassis in the wind tunnel for the first time.

EMT engineers and officials from Champ Car were on hand at the Penske Technology Group wind tunnel for the debut of the half-scale model of the Panoz DP01 chassis. The group put the model through its introductory tests and were pleased with the results they achieved.

"We are still in the early stages of developing the new car," said Champ Car Technology Director Scot Elkins. "We did everything we wanted to do during this first test and the results are outstanding. This first test is where we are creating a baseline set of data for the model. We concentrated on creating aerodynamic balance throughout the car the so we could then start the detailed development we are planning."

The new Panoz DP01 takes much of its look from the current Champ Car chassis, keeping alive the style that has made the series a favorite of racing fans around the globe. But the cutting-edge technology designed into the package incorporates many new aerodynamic features that make this car better suited to the urban race tracks which host Champ Car's highly successful three-day festivals of speed. The design will also lead to more competitive racing on the permanent road courses and ovals that mark the Champ Car World Series as the most diverse racing series in the world. The Panoz DP01 is smaller than the current Champ Car in both length and width and weighs 165 pounds less than the current machine, providing a more nimble and quicker machine that will put driver skills at a premium. The aerodynamic changes on the new chassis will allow for more passing via smaller wings and bigger tunnels which will create less turbulence for cars in traffic.

Champ Car announced in October the Panoz DP01 would replace the current Lola chassis at the beginning of the 2007 season. Engineers at Elan Motorsports Technologies will continue development of the Panoz DP01 chassis with the first prototype expected to hit the track in July.

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