DeltaWing Racing can’t seem to stop unveiling their latest challenger. Just days after the lightweight prototype debuted on-track at Buttonwillow, California, an official launch took place in London .Several days after that, the covers were once again thrown off the mini-Batmobile at Sebring shortly before the 12 Hours endurance event kicked off. But then Delta-Wing has a habit of grabbing headlines.
Originally the DeltaWing Project was one of three designs being considered by IndyCar for the new-for-2012 chassis, the programme ultimately falling short to Dallara. So radical was Deltawing’s concept that rumours began flying about a potential racing debut, and the motorsport community began keeping a watchful eye on the team from South Carolina.
The design clearly struck a chord with Duncan Drayton’s Highcroft Racing, who announced last year that a revised DeltaWing car – adhering to ALMS regulations – would make its racing debut at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours. Sniggers that this was just a marketing exercise quickly disappeared when Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers (AAR) put their name on the dotted line and Le Mans regular Marino Franchitti – younger brother of reigning IndyCar champ Dario – was signed to drive.
Though it will not be eligible for Championship points or awards, the Nissan DeltaWing – as it now is – will run its 1.6l DIG-T powerplant for the duration of the event in what Nissan sees as a viable extensive test for potential developments to their road cars: our recent Nissan Juke, for example, was powered by an engine that shares the same roots with the DIG-T.
We therefore thought you might be interested to see some of the shots taken by our man on the ground at Sebring. The DeltaWing will not take the laurels at Le Mans, but might steal the show.
Shots by Camden Thrasher