Chassis manufacturer Reynard helps IndyCar teams with aero package
Former Champ Car chassis manufacturer Reynard helps to optimize the new aero package in the IndyCar series, as ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ has learned
Reynard is considered to be an expert in motorsport when it comes to chassis. In the early 1990s, the company was active in the Champ Car series after a failed Formula 1 entry. In 1994 Michael Andretti won the first race with a Reynard chassis. In 2018, the company will support several IndyCar teams in optimizing the new aero package for use on the race track.
With the use of the new package, the IndyCar series has made a break in its concept. Instead of expensive developments on the part of the manufacturers, a kind of standardized package is now used. Team Penske has criticised this standardisation and warns the IndyCar officials against further harmonising the parts in the series.
However, the universally applicable Aerokit can be further developed in many areas. The most important adjustment screw is the set-up of the vehicle. As long as allowed parts are used, the teams have a lot of freedom. Reynard has confirmed that it is working for some teams in the IndyCar series to get the most out of the package.
“We are returning to the IndyCar series,” founder Adrian Reynard told Motorsport-Total.com, “We are testing with different teams who want to set a benchmark for the new car. Even though strict rules are applied in the IndyCar series, there are some areas that could be changed.
To learn more about the new car, Reynard used a wind tunnel. This would be very similar to Toro Rosso’s channel in Formula 1, says the company boss, “It’s mainly about the attitudes. A team must travel to the track with the right downforce-resistance balance. It is also important that the racing teams understand how different vehicle heights, rolling angles and angles of inclination affect each other”.
Penske and Schmidt Peterson confirm to’Motorsport-Total.com’ not to cooperate with Reynard. Chip Ganassi and Andretti did not respond to the request. Dallara, the chassis supplier, told’Motorsport-Total.com’ that it is normal for teams to cooperate with outside experts.
The golden era of Reynard
In the new century Reynard had to struggle with financial difficulties: In 2002 the company went bankrupt. Since returning to the motorsport business, Reynard has been particularly active in the LMP1 category of the Endurance World Championship (WEC). The chassis manufacturer has worked closely with Ginetta on its LMP1 program.
In the past, Reynard was very successful in Formula Ford, Formula Opel, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and the Champ Car Series. in 1988, the manufacturer won its first race in the Formula 3000 as well as in the Champ Car Series. In the 1993 season, the entire Formula 3000 field consisted of Reynard vehicles. In the Champ Car series, the company displaced Lola from the market.
In Formula 1, however, Reynard did not manage to gain a foothold. Both a planned takeover of a team and a special project went wrong. This failed primarily because Reynard was unable to win over exclusive engine suppliers. Reynard himself invested a lot of money from his private assets in the project, which he finally had to give up without a single start.
In 1999 Reynard made his Formula 1 debut with BAR. He held a minority stake in the team. In Formula 1, however, he did not manage to win the first race. Reynard was involved not only in formula racing but also in the GT scene. After an unsuccessful IPO, the company had to file for insolvency in 2001. Reynard returned to the market in 2009.