Delta Wing Concept To Race 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours: Video

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You probably remember Delta Wing Concept from the last round of IndyCar chassis concepts. It didn't win that fight--Dallara did--but it will see the race track. Next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will have the Delta Wing in the 56th spot on its grid.

That spot is traditionally reserved for experimental cars, a description that's certainly fitting for the Delta Wing. Its radical layout and design look distinctly unlike anything else in racing today, though the project's backers think it has the potential to be both very fast and highly efficient--two aspects that greatly increase the chances of success in any endurance race.

The car is expected to house a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine rated at 300 horsepower and weighing just 145 pounds. The transmission will be a five-speed sequential gearbox with electronically actuated paddle shifting. About 72.5 percent of the car's weight is over the rear wheels.

The Delta Wing Le Mans project is being conducted through the auspices of a group called "Project 56 Partners," composed of the Delta Wing Racing team, Dan Gurney's All American Racers, and Highcroft Racing. For more details, watch the announcement video and then hit up the official site below.

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Comments (3)
  1. With over 70% of the weight on the real wheels, let hope this car's front ground effect is strong enough to keep it from taking off and back flip at high speeds.

  2. Beside putting a proper aero wing up front for maximum down force the turning circle on this car will also be a major problem.

  3. @gazzed: I agree. This car could swing like a pendulum around the rear end when taking on curves. But there is more; when I look at the front, I see nothing but lights: flat profile on the top and on the sides. I am just hoping that on the bottom part the car may have some of those Venturi pipes that produce ground effect by moving a fluid (air in this case) through pipes of different cross section areas. The picture shown looks like one of those digital renderings i.e. it could be a simplified version of the original. Either that or this car could spell disaster at high speeds with wind on the front or when taking on curves

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