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Discussion in 'Racing' started by HarveyMushman, Mar 5, 2012.
Lets hope it doesnt get stuck in the mud..:huh
Didn't Rolf Biland essentially come up with this idea for the Sidecar GP's back in the 80's (before it was banned)?
I like it. Then again, I had one of these as a kid too:
The car you saw was almost certainly a design mock up for aero testing and press release photos. The racecar has a carbon fiber tub, with the engine and rear suspension attached via steel trellis. The engine is a purpose-built Nissan 1.6L, direct-injected, turbocharged, four-cylinder.
Can't find any large images at the moment . . .
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The presentation on their website is pretty painful. I mean, their influential experiences include "social networking revolution."
I am always skeptical when a relative no-name comes up with a radically different concept or layout for a car and claims it is superior. Maybe I'll be proven wrong in this case.
WIthout looking it up, I think one of the goals of the project is performance with efficiency, especially fuel efficiency. At least, that's what IndyCar was interested in.
When I see that narrow front go into turns, I keep expecting a bunch of roll.
From a different page, natch.
Ben Bowlby Chief Technology Officer
Bens passion for cars began early at age 16 he built his own 2-seat road car and followed it up by building a race car just three years later. His enthusiasm led him to drive his own race cars in the UK for six years during which he completed his BSc Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ben joined Lola Cars in 1991 and went on to become Chief Designer of the company. During his time at Lola, he designed Champ Cars, European and Nippon F3000, SR1, SR2, LMP 675 sports cars and BTCC touring cars. In 2003, Ben joined Chip Ganassi Racing as Technical Director where he worked on the development of the teams IndyCars, Grand Am prototypes and NASCAR cars, as well as developing a unique full-scale straight-line aerodynamic test facility. Ben began working on the DeltaWing concept in January 2009.
Technical interview with Ben Bowlby: Parc Ferme Podcast
It's a shame the DeltaWing was taken out by a brutally bad bit of driving. I've seen very little video of it racing.
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So did he get DQ'd for pulling that NASCRAP move on the Deltawing? :huh
Nope, one of the Toyota cars was flipped on its ass real good by a Ferarri and sent hurling into the tires at a rather scary pace. Karma baby. Although the Ferarri was a bad move too
Anthony Davidson. Papers say he has two broken vertebrae in his back. nasty looking shunt.
I understand that visibility is really bad in those cars. They need proximity warning devices.
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I think the issue was more driver related than the visibility in the cars. If you watch you see the prototype past the Ferrari. Similar accident to the two last yr, also with the Ferrari's and that time the Audi's. The driver pairings are different in the lower classes; a few ''gentlemen'' racers mixing it with the pros in prototypes with vastly different performance levels lends itself to these types of accidents.
Motoyama trying to repair the Deltawing trackside. Heartbraking:
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So tragic, yet heroic at the same time. You have to feel for them!
Jeebus, what the hell's with that music?
Two of my all-time favorite race cars. - Built models of both as a kid and had a large die-cast of the Chaparral.
Someday, I'm going to make a pilgrimage down to Midland, Texas.