View Full Version : NEW 07 Champ car looks nice!

07-29-2006, 03:31 PM


The DP01 also features such improvements as the addition of an on-board starter, which is designed to lessen caution periods for stalled cars, and paddle shifters replacing the gear shifter. The semi-automatic paddle shifter system is also tied into the throttle system of the turbocharged Ford-Cosworth engine, allowing drivers to downshift without lifting off the throttle, something that is not possible in the current car.

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07-29-2006, 03:57 PM
sorta a land based HOTASS system...

Paul Pless
07-29-2006, 04:47 PM
damnable spec racers

I miss the really fine lined aereodynamic speedway Lolas from the early 1990's. Most beutiful modern champ cars.

07-29-2006, 05:06 PM
I too miss the days when there were many different chassis, engines and even tire choices. There was room for innovation and great ideas. But all that costs $$$.

"A new rolling chassis will cost approximately 35 percent less than the current car while the costs of spare parts are expected to yield a savings to teams of nearly 50 percent."

Champ Car will get a huge boost next year while IRL will likely struggle, imo. Maybe more chassis and engines will come in 2008.

- http://www.champcarfan.com/n1011054001.shtml

article about why Panoz was selected to build the next Champ Car


Close-up of the rainlight







Ross M
07-29-2006, 06:52 PM
Still the best looking open-wheelers in the world. Never got used to the narrow track and the tractor tires imposed on F1 :p

'tis a shame how far things have degraded since the split. Actually, momentum carried CART a good ways past the split, but you know what I mean.

Zanardi, Tracy, Moore, Kanaan, DeMatta, Fernandez, Castro-Neves, De Ferran, Vasser, Andretti, Fittipaldi...

Lola, Reynard, Swift, Eagle...

Ford, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota...

Goodyear and Firestone

Now we have "power to pass" buttons and glowing sidewalls :o

Sorry about the pissing and moaning, but it was such good racing:


My favorite memory: sun setting on Sebring in the final day of the final pre-season test. Standing down at the hairpin, watching Tracy leading De Ferran around at a somewhat leisurely pace.

One lap I noticed De Ferran was much closer to Tracy and the pounding over the bumps in the concrete seemed quite a bit more intense.

Next lap they came down absolutely hammers and tongs - Tracy still leading De Ferran by maybe a half a car going into the hairpin.

Somehow, someway, De Ferran passed Tracy on the outside of the hairpin. I was only 20 yards away - with no chain link or crowds to blame - and I still don't know how he did it.

Next lap both went by slowly, pitted and the track went silent. That was the start of Gil's first year with Penske. By the end of the season, he had won his first championship.

Truly great stuff.


PS: Alex is still Alex (http://www.speedtv.com/commentary/28497/)


PPS: Remember "The Pass"?

07-29-2006, 10:02 PM
Always wondered what happened to the formula 1 cars after they couldn't compete.....Looks just like them to me.

Paul Pless
07-30-2006, 09:58 AM
Remember "The Pass"?

yeah! I was quietly pulling for Herta to get his first champ car win...

07-30-2006, 01:10 PM
Always wondered what happened to the formula 1 cars after they couldn't compete.....Looks just like them to me.

That's like comparing a J boat to a NY30.

That's part of the problem, a lot of people think that. One F1 team spends as much money as all of the current CART teams put together! :eek: