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2018 Point Standings
After Mid-Ohio
Rank Driver Points

1 Scott Dixon 494
2 Alexander Rossi 448
3 Josef Newgarden 434
4 Will Power 407
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 399
6 Robert Wickens 380
7 Simon Pagenaud 344
8 Graham Rahal 335
9 James Hinchcliffe 328
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12 Takuma Sato 258
13 Ed Jones 255
14 Spencer Pigot 239
15 Tony Kanaan 227
16 Charlie Kimball 212
17 Zach Veach 211
18 Matheus Leist 182
19 Max Chilton 162
20 Gabby Chaves 158
21 Ed Carpenter 148
22 Jordan King 126
23 Zachary De Melo 122
24 Jack Harvey 63
25 Rene Binder 61
26 Carlos Munoz 53
27 Kyle Kaiser 45
28 Conor Daly 43
29 Helio Castroneves 40
30 JR Hildebrand 38
31 Stefan Wilson 31
32 Oriol Servia 27
33 Santino Ferrucci 18
34 Pietro Fittipaldi 14
35 Danica Patrick 13
36 Jay Howard 12
37 Alfonso Celis Jr 10
38 Sage Karam 10
39 James Davison 10

Rookie of Year Standings
1. Robert Wickens 380
2. Zach Veach 211
3. Matheus Leist 182
4. Jordan King 126
5. Zachary De Melo 122
6. Jack Harvey 63
7. Rene Binder 61
8. Kyle Kaiser 45
9. Stefan Wilson 31
10. Santino Ferrucci 18
11. Pietro Fittipaldi 14
12. Alfonso Celis Jr. 10

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 667
2. Chevy 564

An IndyCar concept for the future

Would IndyCar ever adopt a turbine engine again?
Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Keith Hylton, in conjunction with designer Andries Van Overbeeke, has put forward a concept for the next-generation IndyCar.

The T1 turbine takes the idea of the STP Lotus Turbines, that shook up the Indy 500 in 1967 and 1968, one step further.


T1 concept car - IndyCar of the future?

According to the T1 group, it uses the “Rolls Royce Turboshaft Turbine 700hp engine with Full Authority Digital Electronics that will provide 2,000 hours of run time between major overhauls.”

The turbine is mated to a constantly variable transmission for power transfer, effectively creating an automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of ratios.

A full canopy has been incorporated into the T1, and on the materials front, the chassis, “suspension, and bodywork will be constructed of graphene impregnated carbon fiber to increase the overall strength and rigidity. In the primary impact zones of the car, graphene foam will be used to further cushion the driver from injury. A sprung rear bumper has been added to rear of the car to reduce the risk of tire to tire contact.”




We like the fan concept for downforce and no wings to minimize turbulence

Hylton has funded the project through the design phase and will look for interested parties to bring the T1 Turbine to life through orders or investments in the program.

We feel the design has two shortcomings that can be fixed. First we feel the driver sits too far forward, putting the drivers lower extremities at risk.

Second, we would replace the turbine engine with a normally aspirated internal combustion engine supplemented with a KERS system for tie-in to the passenger car industry. Although really cool, we do not think a sanctioning body like IndyCar or F1 would go the turbine route, even though a turbine engine certainly has many positive attributes.

“As you may have noticed, many of the major systems of this concept have been banned by the various racing organizations over the years,” Hylton said. “Despite being the better idea, they did not fit the regimen at the time. We are under no such restriction and think that by bringing back these ideas it could provide a way forward.”

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