INDYCAR officials released cost numbers about the 2018 universal aero kits last week, confirming that the cost of aero kits will be reduced.
According to INDYCAR, each full season entrant will receive a pair of aero kits at no cost. Given that each aero kit carries a price tag of $90,000, that’s a savings of $180,000 off the bat.
Further, the cost of the aero kits will be locked in through the 2020 IndyCar season and each team has been provided guidelines to convert their current Dallara IR-12 chassis (also known as the DW12) to the newer specs.
The reduction in costs comes as a result of efforts from INDYCAR, Chevrolet, and Honda, as well as a grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Jay Frye, president of competition and operations for INDYCAR, expressed that cost reduction was a big priority of the aero package.
“When INDYCAR undertook the process of creating the universal kit that makes our cars sleeker, safer and racier, we also worked hard to make sure it would be cost effective to our teams,” Frye said of the cost reductions.
While all Verizon IndyCar Series teams are scheduled to receive their aero kits this month, team testing begins after the new year in January.