The chassis code is DW12. That’s in honor of the late Dan Wheldon. He helped Dallara with some testing as they worked to build the fourth-generation modern IndyCar to the track. And now one has just rolled into Hoonigan’s garage for some up close inspection on the Build Biology show.
Dale Coyne Racing brought out part of their team, a current-spec race car, and driver Santino Ferrucci to Hoonigan’s Donut Garage. The crew was in Long Beach for the Grand Prix, and Hoonigan was able to get its name on the car. That last bit is pretty cool, though we’re still pretty proud of the time a Hooniverse sticker was flying on a V8 Supercar down under. We didn’t get to crawl over his mad machine though, so we’re a bit jealous of Hoonigan on this one.
Dale Coyne team members and driver Ferrucci walk Hoonigan all through the car. It features carbon-fiber bodywork, a spec aero kit, and a 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The one used in the car above is supplied by Honda. Horsepower is track dependent, but the current-generation IndyCar can see between 550 on up to 800+ horsepower. Quite a frightening ride when you realize the car only weighs around 1,600 pounds.
Check out the video above for a casual, yet fairly deep dive, into the inner workings of a modern IndyCar race car.