Throughout the history of the Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League (IRL), there have, of course, been regular upgrades of the car designs. Over the decades, the overall design has gradually evolved from classic early-20th-century roadsters to small, light cars that are so aerodynamic that they're practically airplanes. Indeed, the main job of the spoilers and trim on an Indy car is to keep the car from literally flying off the track!
Well, it's time for another design upgrade. Officially, the following new design concept is called the Delta Wing. However, most racing enthusiasts are referring to the design as the Batmobile. It's not hard to see why!
Problem is, the concept car is close-wheeled, and Indy cars are traditionally open-wheeled. So, there's also an artist mockup showing the Delta Wing "Batmobile" with open wheels:
The new design is being proposed for the 2012 racing season. I hope they DO go with this design because -- OMG -- an Indy 500 race with BATMOBILES? That's -- THAT'S -- THAT'S a Hoosier geek's dream come true! Heck, Batman himself probably wouldn't mind the idea.