How about no wings and ground effects only? Any aerodynamicist will tell you the biggest air disturbance is from the uncovered tires. How about narrow bodies like we already have and fenders on wheel fairings that grow to cover the the tires entirely?
OK, you say that this may move too far away from open wheel heritage. But you have to ask what heritage is left at all?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pnt0ppVBHM(Delahaye 145 GP)
What is better to grow the audience, open wheel heritage or good racing - with cars? (/rant)
Notice all the fenders. The move toward fenders seemed to end with the onset of WWII. Racing restarted on a shoestring, less the extra expense of fenders.
How about no wings and ground effects only?
that works for me, but ANY kind of fenders at all, and i’m done wi F1