5 Of The Strangest Cars To Ever Race In The Indy 500 – SlashGear


When you were a kid doodling in your notebook, what was your first idea for making a fast, cool car? It was probably to make it less like a car, and more like an airplane, right? Good, now you’re in the headspace of Eagle Aircraft Company founder Dean Wilson, who wanted to make an IndyCar in the image of his favorite aviation projects.

Enter the 1982 Flyer Special, also known as the “Cropduster.” This vehicle shirked all of the established norms of IndyCars, placing the driver at the front instead of the back, strapping on fins and wings, and packing a construction of balsa, aluminum, and steel tubes. 

If this vehicle were a plane, it probably would’ve worked great, but as a car, the Flyer Special unfortunately couldn’t keep up with vehicles that were actually designed with a racetrack in mind. It couldn’t qualify for the Indy proper, and the design was scrapped.

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