Best features of 2012: Secrets of the DeltaWing
Best of 2012: The fascinating DeltaWing hit the track for the first time at Le Mans last year. Its creator Ben Bowlby talked Stuart Codling through the ideas and technology behind it
After its IndyCar rejection, the radical DeltaWing became a Le Mans contender - winning the hearts of fans and intriguing the rest of motorsport in the process. During the build-up to the 2012 24 Hours in June, DeltaWing creator Ben Bowlby gave Stuart Codling an in-depth guide to the theories and technology behind the unique machine...
They said it couldn't be done – that it wouldn't go around corners, for a start. When the ACO announced 12 months ago that the DeltaWing would be the first car to occupy the 'Garage 56' slot, running outside the rules to showcase innovative motorsport technologies, professionals and armchair experts alike united to heap derision upon the project.
Former Lola designer Ben Bowlby and his allies – Highcroft Racing boss Duncan Dayton, racing legend Dan Gurney and US motorsport magnate Don Panoz – persisted, though, and with surprisingly little investment brought the project to fruition. The results are showing already: the DeltaWing has already exceeded the performance targets set by the ACO and demonstrated to spectators around the Circuit de la Sarthe that, yes, it can turn.
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