So we've reached the end of the analysis and come to the conclusion that the 2012 IndyCar Series need Swift #32/33. But that's not all that needs to be said.
Remember how I said the Delta Wing MUST be given track time to prove itself? Well, even without it, it's shown us some things that the Swift 018.i or whatever it ends up being called will need to adopt for certain. These are the things Swift must do in reverse order if importance:
4: Contract out certain components.
Delta Wing's plan is to have different components of the car built by different companies, so the teams can all choose their own supplier for each part and build their Delta Wing in partnership with the companies they see fit. Allowing for a non-spec series that still has cheap, mostly-identical cars. If the chassis costs of Swift's design can be kept down while applying this idea to certain components, it should be done.
3: If a radical solution is necessary, do it.
The concept as wee see it will not likely be perfectly replicated in the final product(even the Panoz DP01 had noticeable alterations from it's initial renderings), and some areas may need to be heavily altered to work right. It may be tough to get some areas to work right, but if you HAVE to make a drastic change to build the car you NEED to make, do it.
2: Non-stressed engine.
One of the most important aspects of the Delta Wing's concept is to have a non-stressed engine so that a wide variety of engines can be easily fit into the car. With an apparent need to have only one chassis in the series, it is imperative that we keep the engine aspect open enough to appeal to ANYONE who might want in. A non-stressed engine construction, while not exactly a forward-thinking idea, is the best, cheapest way to achieve this.
1: No more than 6 cylinders.
Relevancy is becoming more important in current times, and never before in automotive history has racing in general been LESS relevant than it is right now. Relevancy isn't just something to help racing save the planet, it's also a helpful cost-cutting measure. Turbocharged 4-cylinders and V6s can be built to produce the kind of power IRL needs very easily, and can be reliable while doing it. By not allowing more than 6 cylinders, it will cost engine suppliers less money to come into the series, which gives them a better chance at getting good value for their investment - which makes it even more appealing.
NASCAR is only just about to bring fuel injection to the series. IndyCar has a real chance to trump NASCAR by showcasing far more effectively what companies like GM, Honda, and Toyota are selling you. It's an angle they MUST capitalize on.
That's it, I'm done. Discuss below, and let's start thinking a little more positively about the future of the IZOD IndyCar Series. I think we now have good reason to curb the negativity at least a LITTLE bit.