Every now and then, a race car comes along that helps push motorsports in a new direction. The DeltaWing is such a car thanks to its radical design and slim-nosed setup.
The car hasn't been without its own controversies but it's finishing better with every race it enters. The next chance it will get to show off what it's capable of is at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park.
The lightweight v-wing racer utilizes less fuel than its competition. It is able to slip through the air more efficiently thanks to the close-cropped front wheels as well as the overall fighter jet-like body. It was also apparently a bit difficult for other drivers to see, as it's been hit a handful of times on the race track. Now, however, it should be rather easy to spot thanks to its updated chrome livery.
Originally, the DeltaWing team was receiving a helping hand from Nissan, but the automaker has since backed away from the project. This means the team has swapped out the former 1.6-liter Nissan powerplant for a larger 1.9-liter Mazda-soured motor. That results in a bit more power and should give the DeltaWing team help in further climbing the racing rankings.
If you live near Lime Rock Park, it might be wise to make a pilgrimage out to the track to catch the car in action. It's not often that you get a chance to say you were there for the beginning of a legend... and it's possible you could do just that down the road.
Or you could say you remember that weird looking chrome thing that got hit during a race at Lime Rock.
It will be at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock on July 6, 2013.