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DeltaWing concept finds favour at Panther

John Barnes has spoken publicly of his support for the radical DeltaWing IndCar design - a feeling believed to echo those of rival team owners.

Panther Racing owner John Barnes has lauded the potential culture change in IndyCar design following the unveiling of DeltaWing's radical concept for the 2012 series.

Barnes claimed that the design, which differs not only from the current Dallara IndyCar but also from any of the other designs proposed for the new-look car to feature in two years' time, would be a breath of fresh air for a category that needed to re-establish itself.

Revolutionary from every angle, the design features an ultra-narrow front track to saves weight, while fairings for the tyres reduces aerodynamic drag and prevents wheel interlocking. The Delta plan view shape provides undisturbed airflow to the downforce generating ground effect underbody venturi located beneath the car's centre of gravity just ahead of the widely spaced rear wheels, while highly efficient downforce, produced with negligible wake, ensures minimal loss of aerodynamic performance for a trailing car, thus enhancing the on-track overtaking spectacle.

“What has been proposed by the DeltaWing group is a new light, a new vision, an open book, and a completely different approach to our sport," Barnes insisted, "Today's announcement is not as much about this car as it is a new philosophy and a much-needed culture change in the sport of open-wheel racing. This is about becoming part of the 21st Century and not living in the 20th Century. Every industry in the country is refocusing their efforts to become more efficient and it is time for the IZOD IndyCar Series to do the same.

“Our sport is one of the greatest on the planet and, in order to ensure longevity, and a bright future, it takes bold decisions by people who are fearless and unafraid of making dramatic changes. Today, possibly more so than any other time in our sport, is that time. I applaud Chip Ganassi, Ben Bowlby and everybody associated with the DeltaWing group for their forward thinking approach to our sport. This is a game-changer for us.”


Tagged as: Panther , 2012 , John Barnes , deltawing

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Rick - Unregistered

February 15, 2010 7:02 PM

It looks more like some very weird LeMans car rather than a proper Indy Car. I hate it with the utmost passion. Looking at it makes me want to vomit.

Stephen - Unregistered

February 15, 2010 6:59 PM

The performance and efficiency goals are great, but it's ugly as sin. It's so ugly it makes the new F1 cars look attractive. Get rid of the stupid airplane tail and move the front wheels out and it would be a bit more acceptable. It still isn't an Open Wheel car, and has NOTHING to do with the history of Open Wheel (USAC, CART, Champ Car, Indy Car) in America.



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