That Honda engine picture is pretty cool, it was from Kansas this year according to the file description. If you save it and blow it up, there are some details that you may have known about, but are news to me.
The first is that I haven't yet been able to get a look at the Dallara undertray (except in a CFD video), and at least this shows some of the configuration.
I'm assuming that's the ECM on the back of the airbox: you can see the lambda sensor harness connections, and another harness that looks like it's going to the A bank cam position sensor. Maybe it's for the A bank coils instead, I don't know. Is that the ECM, or just a transponder? During one of the races, a pit reporter mentioned that a car was having a Lambda sensor issue, which showed up on telemetry. I'm guessing that's the ECM, since backing it up against the airbox like that is probably the coolest (in temperature) location you could select on the car.
Sorry, ECM is Jaguar speak for Electronic Control Module, and A bank is the right bank to the Blokes. I don't know any Japanese.
The throttle arrangement is just as rrrr described, at least as much as can be seen before the secrets begin.
Please point out anything else you see, I am curious as to what the gold component is which is just aft of the 180 DEGREE headers.
I recall a brief segment on one of the excellent Versus broadcasts (maybe it was ABC during the 500) where the left sidepod cover had been removed, and things looked pretty busy on that side. The accompanying explanation given was that alot of the onboard electronics were better protected (side facing away from the wall), which sure makes alot of sense.
What surprises me in the photo is that the right side pod looks pretty vacant. I think some similar open wheel chassis designs mount the radiators at an angle, which would permit narrower sidepods IF you had a motivation to modify them. Is there room on the left side to do the same? And yes, I understand the value of weight biasing to the left side for an oval track like Kansas, if in fact that is being achieved by relocating some components to keep the right sidepod empty.
This isn't a parlor game to me, I'm trying to gain understanding about the equipment to proof some specific thoughts I have on modifications to the existing equipment that will improve the competitive balance, without sacrificing top speed or safety.
The parlor game is speculating about all sorts of new goodies that Santa won't be bringing anytime soon. Like new engines and new chassis, and tube frame cars with front engine locations that have room for a fancy set of street racer headers. If that day comes, maybe somebody here can explain to me how to calculate the rarefaction pulse wave length. Until then, it's as meaningless as the price of a turbocharged four cylinder. Now matter how many f***ing camshafts it will have.
Stay on track