DeltaWing set to unveil coupe version of experimental car
|By Gary Watkins||Monday, March 11th 2013, 12:40 GMT|
The coupe version of the experimental DeltaWing prototype will be unveiled on the eve of the Sebring 12 Hours this week.
The DeltaWing Racing Cars squad will on Friday take the wraps off a mock-up of the car that is due to race later in the season, possibly as early as round three of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca in May.
The show car is built around the moulds of a new monocoque that will replace the Aston Martin AMR-One tub of the DeltaWing DW LM12, which made its debut at last year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
DeltaWing team manager Dave Price said: "The tub is different in terms of the structure. The front is lower between the wheels and there will be some improvements because it is specifically designed for the job."
Work on the latest-generation DeltaWing is well advanced at team owner Dan Panoz's Elan Motorsports Technologies organisation in Georgia. Price would not be drawn on the chances of the car being ready in time for Laguna.
The new version of the car is the work of Simon Marshall, who designed the Elan-built Panoz DP01 Champ Car before being recruited by DeltaWing architect Ben Bowlby to work on the DW LM12.
The revised version of the Aston-tubbed DeltaWing, now with a Mazda-based two-litre turbo engine developed at Elan in place of the original Nissan power plant, makes its debut at the ALMS opener at Sebring on Saturday with Olivier Pla and Andy Meyrick driving.