Le Mans » DeltaWing crew prepares for race debut

The DeltaWing crew prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours

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racingbod - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 9:36 AM

I couldn't agree more Spiney. Hope it can mix it with a few LMP1 entries. The team admitted it's unlikely to make the full 24 hours with such limited testing but if it can make it through the night in a decent position it'll surely be seen as a success.

Joe B

June 13, 2012 1:50 PM

Hopefully their initial gearbox issues have been sorted out. The rear biased braking system seems to be working quite well.

Interesting that from different camera angles, particularly from above, it's quite a stunning looking machine, or it's just growing on me.

BASTA PASTA - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 3:29 PM

...would this whole -ting- be more performing with -two large diameter and somewhat narrow wheels, wide apart at the front, sandwiching a large wing fairing into a single fat tail wheel, in front of witch, a semi-enclosed cockpit where a motorcycle style riding pilot would enjoy safety, view and comfort...??? ps: may I remind someone that Colin Chapman never designed an ugly car.

Joe B

June 13, 2012 3:56 PM
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Don't think so Pasta. The whole point of the design is to reduce drag. Putting the front wheels wide apart would increase drag. People keep banging on about how it can't turn with the wheels so close together. This is nonsense. Initial testing proved the theory that it turns quite nicely. While not quite the same, a motorcycle turns pretty good on ONE narrow front tire doesn't it? Wings also add a lot of drag too, so no to that as well. I do like your idea of a motorcycle riding position, that has been proposed in the past for indy car. Not sure how safe that would be.

Oh, and Colin Chapman designed a lot of ugly cars!

stefanvv - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 4:37 PM

I just wonder, one of the purpose of racing is to develop technologies for future road cars. AUDI and Toyota are racing with hibrids, Totota has already well saled hybrids on the road, AUDI has concepts so far. What on earth technology could be useful in the future here... except for batman?

KGBVD - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 7:32 PM

@stefanvv, it is running with a 1.6L engine, with half the horsepower and running at competitive speed. It's an exercise in efficiency and bang for buck (it'll embarrass a few LMP2 cars).

stefanvv - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 8:33 PM

I know it's running 1.6l petrol engine and it is supposed to be quite efficient with this aerodynamics (cornering performance, I'm dubious about), but I don't wan't next car I'll by to look like this, it is just ridiculous. I would prefer AUDI hunrier beast.

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