DeltaWing unveils coupe version of experimental car
|By Gary Watkins||Thursday, March 14th 2013, 16:47 GMT|
The wraps have come off the coupe version of the DeltaWing experimental racer.
The DeltaWing Racing Cars squad, owned by American Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz, unveiled the show car at Sebring today ahead of the return to the track of the revised version of the car that made its debut in last year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The coupe will be built around a bespoke monocoque developed at Panoz's Elan Motorsports Technologies facility that will replace the Aston Martin AMR-One tub of the original car.
A race debut of for the DeltaWing coupe has been pencilled in for round three of the ALMS at Laguna Seca in May.
Panoz, the managing partner of the Project 56 group behind the DeltaWing sportscar project, has now taken full control of the programme in the wake of the withdrawal of Nissan, which funded last year's Le Mans assault and supplied its 1.6-litre turbo engine.
Elan has developed a new two-litre engine based around the architecture and cylinder head of a Mazda power pant to replace the Nissan unit.
The DeltaWing, now racing in LMP1, will be driven in Saturday's Sebring 12 Hours by Olivier Pla and Andy Meyrick.