The revolutionary DeltaWing race car that crashed out early from last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race will soon be available for purchase by private race teams. The DeltaWing, originally sponsored by Nissan, is designer Ben Bowlby’s vision for a dramatically new type of racing car.
The original DeltaWing race car (pictured) competed in last year’s Le Mans race, only to exit early after being shunted by one of Toyota’s hybrid race cars. The car later participated in the Petit Le Mans race and, after a switch from a Nissan engine to Mazda power, the DeltaWing has competed in several smaller races this year — including leading 16 laps at the American Le Mans Series race in Atlanta. Now, however, the company behind the DeltaWing will allow privateers to race its unique car.
Élan Motorsports Technologies plans to build three examples of the DeltaWing that will be sold to teams interested in the 2014 United SportsCar Racing series. Although the original car was open, new rules mean the DeltaWing sold to private teams will have a closed cockpit. The 2013 DeltaWing coupe will be publicly revealed September 19 at the ALMS race at Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
We named the DeltaWing our 2013 Racing Car of the Year, noting its revolutionary design. “Designer Ben Bowlby’s groundbreaking insight was realizing that two tiny front wheels positioned close together would turn just as well as two large wheels spaced far apart,” we wrote. “It ran long enough to deliver on Bowlby’s promise that the car would run competitively with roughly half the power, half the weight, and half the fuel of its rivals. It was, in other words, an indisputably better mousetrap.”
Source: DeltaWing Racing Cars