Interesting...an Indycar concept that will now run in another series and will generate worldwide attention is now forcibly ignored by Indycar people. It's a racer that many on the Indy forum love to hate and always generates lots of posts...yet it is shunned to the ALMS board where threads quickly disappear.
By the way, I'd read on another site that a trackside observer at Sebring hand timed a lap that would have placed the DW about 12th on the grid. The Highcroft site gives fairly regular updates as test progress on European tracks. Not too bad for a car that many "engineering experts" claimed could not possibly turn at speed.
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EDIT: If the Delta Wing can be shown to be very competitive, then it's not going to be that ugly to me anymore. I'd really like to see some lap times on the European tracks. I'll look on the Highcroft site.
It's not good looking. That's the point. We'll see if it actually proves it's point in France.
What I don't get is the fact that the most vocal of the detractors are the short track USAC set. This would have been the silver bullet for spridget drivers, as it would have legitimately, not artificially, cost a fraction of what it used to to run at Indy, and it could have taken a road car engine at the back. The DeltaWing could literally have been run out of a garage, and had it been given leeway at Indy, it could have been run very competitively.
"It takes a special level of incompetance to make a schedule this terrible. America is possibly the greatest country in the world overall for tracks. To make a bad schedule in America takes effort. A special kind of effort. A kind of effort that only IndyCar could come up with."
"The series may be hesitant to say it, but the day is here for everybody that loves IndyCar racing to link arms and help each other out. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that needs to find something else to do with their time.”
-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member
In that manner its a fascinating design, that could have had amazing repurcussions on the racing industry. Now its just a design excercise, but it'll be entertaining to watch none the less.
Yea, the Delta Wing is a very interesting experiment that could radically change auto racing. But there are 2 things I don't like. First, the looks, it looks too much like a Bonneville car. Second, it hits me as an ECO car, not a race car. If they had gone for the ultra lightweight, but instead of a 300 hp street engine installed a 700 hp engine, then I would have been extremely interested. Make something that is a lot faster than what we have now and you have my vote!
If you ask me, the Delta Wing embodies the original spirit and purpose of the Indianapolis 500 - to develop and test new ideas and new techonology. I wish I could find the first story I read about it, I think it was in Racer. The idea was to throw everything out the window and re-think the idea of what a race car can and should be in the 21st century. The concepts behind today's Indy car design have been in place since the late '70s. The ideas have been refined considerably, but differences seem to me to be more in degree than in kind.
The Delta Wing is unlike anything we've seen before. All of a sudden, there's a car that breaks the mold and could help develop ideas regarding efficiency, design and materials that would have an application to the automobile industry beyond the marketing department. I don't know about others, but it has captured my imagination unlike anything I can remember. It is far more exciting than the promise of different aero kits in Indy cars, or the ground-breaking use of fuel injection in NASCAR.
I ain't quiet, everybody else is too loud.
The Delta looks sinister and purposeful in those testing photo's. To me, it looks racier than the DW12....which I'm trying to like but still looks like it's dragging a really fat a**.
I'm very interested to see how this thing goes. Sure, it may not be the best looking rig out there, but the key behind this whole project is supposed to be efficiency. While everyone else is in the pits, these guys are still circulating...
Good luck to Highcroft Racing this weekend! I'll be watching.