Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Delta Wing to race on...

The Nissan DeltaWing. (Source: tech.mikeshouts.com)
Originally I was an adamant detractor towards the original Delta Wing IndyCar concept and took to calling it the Delta Wang! As I just found it too outlandishly radical to suit my dyed in the wool Open Wheel Racing cars signature look... As I cannot say I’m totally enamoured by this year’s Dallara DW12, albeit it certainly seemed more palatable when finally getting to view ‘Hulio’s showcar up close ‘N personal inside  the Indianapolis airport’s concourse; although I still think the word Open Wheel means NO rear wheel spats, Batmobile Spats or rearward facing bumpers!


Nevertheless, I haveda say my curiosity was PEAK’ed - Oh where Art Thou Princess? Hya! As to what this new fangled version of the DeltaWing Sports Car looked like? But alas, due to my CRAPY vision I wasn’t able to discern any prevalent views of the radical DeltaWing racecar upon SPEED’s nonstop coverage of this year’s 24 Heurs du Mans, where apparently the car was quite the hit...

Thus I once again took to the all knowing gOOgleMunster to hopefully find a somewhat decent image of said racing car to which all I can say is it still looks  like the bulbous Flying ‘V wang-mobile to Mwah, as it appears to be better suited towards Bonneville instead of the Circuit de la Sarthe...

Yet that being said, kudos to all involved in making this a reality, along with Nissan having the gumption to provide its motive power as apparently this “Flyweight” racecar was indeed capable of competing comfortably in the LMP2 category... As now according to Gordon Kirby’s latest article, Don Panoz claims the car will go into customer production and race at this year’s Petit Lemans.


Yet it seems that its biggest setback now is that it appears to be an open top cockpit design? Which the ACO has outlawed beginning in 2014 for the LMP1 category whilst I’m unaware of the LMP2 regulations, albeit it seems that the Lola’s are coupes? Thus what do Y’all think about the DeltaWing Sports Car and should the ACO let it compete as a fully fledged LMP2 contender next year? You Make the Call...  

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