Now we've all seen it in anger(ish), what'd'ya think?
What i find striking is how much difference a paint scheme makes. Various teams have tried to tie the 'halo' element into the scheme, on Dixon's car it looks dreadful, on Kimball/VEACH i think it works well.
Not a fan of Penske highlighting the central pillar like they do, makes them look like submarines.
Conflicted. On pure aesthetics, it ruins the beautiful low-slung appearance of the 2018 aero. It draws the eye upwards, or perhaps your glance begins with the deflector, in a way that doesn't show off the car's most attractive features. But in that regard, it's less offensive to my eyes than the Kardashian rear wheel guards of 2012-17, or the flared sidepods of 2012-14, or the big straight clumsy nose from every iteration of the DW12. In short, we've seen some ugly shit in Indycar and this isn't the worst.
It's at least a subtle enough change that from some angles the screen looks OK. From the ultra-zoomed out tracking shots that the TV broadcasts favour, it's barely visible.
And it may save lives and careers.
Unknowns? How the higher centre of gravity (the shield is not light) will affect handing; how the change in airflow affects cars in traffic; what will happen in a wet, muddy race or following an oily engine explosion; cooling.
I also find the City vs United style deflector shield vs halo rivalry a bit distasteful. Neither is a perfect solution and in our hearts we all wish they weren't necessary. But here we are.