• May 21, 2012
Think back to childhood for a moment. What did you do when you wanted, say, a new skateboard, but mom and dad were dragging their heels about ponying up for one? That's right, you built your own, out of bits of scrap plywood and some old wheels discarded by an older sibling. And it sucked.

We see the same situation playing out here. The children at Top Gear are absolutely gaga for the DeltaWing race car, which Nissan will be campaigning at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. And even if they are Top Gear, nobody at Nissan is going to just give them an experimental race car for futzing around. So they are building their own. Or at least a simulacrum of the DeltaWing, out of what appears to be junk.

Details are scarce, but the image gallery Top Gear has on its website tells enough of the story that we're pretty sure they aren't going to come anywhere close. Not only does the 1,100-pound curb weight of the revolutionary race car present something of a challenge when you're basically welding the thing up from scratch, but whatever that ancient engine sitting in the nose of the Top Gear project is, we're plenty sure it won't be packing the 300-plus horsepower of Nissan's turbocharged four.

But just as your pre-pubescent charm and pluckiness eventually prevailed in the skateboard scenario, we're thinking Top Gear might be on to something with its fanboy-ish DeltaWing replica. After all, mom may have embarrassed you in the skate shop, but she did get you the real thing, didn't she?


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      runklemotorsports
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will be good, top gear adds what most car makers cant make on their own. Fun it is simple they do it with passion, they do it by hand not robot or in a lab. They give the car industry a charm
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Building it from an old Robin I'm sure:) Will Jeremy be testing it after it's built?
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will go down in automotive history, along with the impeccable Geoff/Hammerhead i-Eagle Thrust, as among the finest pieces of automotive art, precision, and flawless engineering. And dont worry too much about the weight of the frame and the output of the archaic engine: with lawn chairs, mismatched wheels, a chimney, and a moustache, it will leave real racecars choking on its (perhaps unhealthy) exhaust fumes.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      why do they make it look like a two seater when it clearly can only seat one???
        JDam4131
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        It's part of the rules in ACO/FIA regulations that a car must be built as a two seater. don't know really which body makes the rules for LeMans regs though.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        For years ACO tried to pretend as the cars racing at Le Mans could be street cars if they had to be. For a few decades they were even required to carry a spare tire and 'luggage compartment.' Occasionally, companies like Dauer will turn a Le Mans racer into a street car. Look up the Dauer 962. Great piece of machinery.
        troy.mqn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        I bet the drivetrain has lots to do with that. look at this picture of TG's version for reference. http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/deltawing-le-mans-replica-2012-05-17?imageNo=12
      theharpyeagle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think there is some misunderstanding. Said replica is being built by one Mr. Andy Saunders, a well known Kustom Car customiser. This will be no haphazard junk pot hashed together by the three TG musketeers. However, seeing that it's being built under the influence of the three musketeers, you can bet that it's not going to turn out the way one would expect it. It won't be worth it's spot on the show without lots - and lots - of funny bits to it.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Judging by the welded steel, I think they may miss their weight target