The 2012 season of the IndyCar Series was remarkable due to implementation of new ICONIC concept (Innovative, Competitive, Open-wheel, New, Industry-relevant, Cost-effective), the biggest change of the technical side in the series history. The Dallara IR-05 car, used in IRL since 2005, and normally aspirated V8 engines (required since 1997) were permanently retired. New chassis was introduced – Dallara technically known as IR12, and renamed as DW12 in the honor of Dan Wheldon, who tested new chassis in 2011 and lost his life in the 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final round of the 2011 season. According new ICONIC regulations, all teams will compete with a core rolling chassis, called the “IndyCar Safety Cell” supplemented with aero kit. Under ICONIC plan, the aerokits which consist of front and rear wings, sidepods, and engine cowlings is open to any manufacturer, with all packages to be made available to all teams. New engine formula introduced the return of turbochargers for the first time since the IRL 1996 and Champ Car 2007 seasons respectively. The newly-revolutionary third generation fuel-efficient engines are single and twin-turbocharged engines, tuned to produce a range of 550–700 horsepower (410–520 kW) with a 12,000 RPM limit. The maximum engine displacement was reduced from 3.5 to 2.2 litres (214 to 134 cubic inches), the number of cylinders were scaled-down from eight to six and the engine shape will remain V-shaped.
After retirement from Formula One, Rubens Barrichello switched to IndyCar racing joining KV Racing Technology for the 2012 season, to drive alongside Tony Kanaan and E. J. Viso, sponsored by Brazilian construction company, Embrase. In his first Indianapolis 500 Barrichello led a total of two laps and finished 11th, and in doing so won the 2012 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year title. During the rest of the season he took two top six finishes, and finished the year in 12th position in the championship. The scale models of Rubinho’s Dallara Indycar is the Formula143 special conversion of Greenlight production model.
|Rubens Barrichello||8||KV Racing Technology|
|Dallara DW12 (IR12) Mk. II||Chevrolet||BMC / Embrase|