EB-F1-Indycar-design

My senior thesis at Art Center College of Design in 1991/92, the design brief focused on a closed-canopy, open-wheel racing car with advanced safety and a simplified set of rules in an effort to contain costs and increase competition between teams. My love for the original Silver Arrows Grand Prix cars of the 1930s (and later the 1950s) influenced the proposed manufacturer for the project at its inception, as evidenced by the first sketch (below). The project would later mutate into an IndyCar, and would gain some traction many years later, when in 2015, a series of accidents in open-wheel racing raised awareness of the need to better protect drivers, with closed-canopies as one of the proposed solutions.
A series of models built in the mid-1990s were sold as racing sculptures for a few select clients.