In May the Indy Lights series, the top feeder for IndyCar, put out an RFP from manufacturers interested in constructing a new chassis for 2014 to replace the 10-year-old Dallara currently in use.

According to reports
, hands were raised by "five or six" companies that included Dallara, Mygale, Swift and Mugen. Also among the submisions, according to Racer Magazine, is the group behind the DeltaWing – sans Nissan, which was a collaboration specifically for Le Mans – composed of the designers, Dan Gurney's All American Racers, and Elan Motorsports Technologies (the home of Panoz). Remember, the DeltaWing was originally created as an IndyCar chassis proposal.

The DeltaWing would certainly fulfill part of the first requirement of the new Indy Lights chassis, that it have a "forward-thinking, sophisticated and exciting formula." The necessity for paddle shifting, upgraded data systems and alternative fuel considerations sounds easy enough but we don't know what alterations the car might need to satisfy some of the other specs, such as adaptability to the variety of circuits "with a minimum of facility-specific parts," the ability to fit a "broad spectrum of drivers and seating positions," and "improved aerodynamic performance that must also allow for enhanced sponsor placement opportunities on the car." Overall, Indy Lights authroities would like to acquire a manufacturer-badged engine and see top speeds bumped up a bit as well.

Not that the deadline for submissions has passed, the entries are being considered and it's said that a decision could come in the next two months.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would really like to see this car stay in sports cars rather than moving to formula cars. What made the Delta exciting coming to Le Mans was how different it was than everything else on the track. It's what made the Diesels revolutionary. It's what I'm hoping Porsche car bring with the flywheel hybrid. It's pushing the threshold further forward. A formula series won't do that.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still love this car, it's the retro-futuristic race car we were told we'ed be driving today. That is, when we weren't using our flying cars.
      tougeep3
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this will be a repeat of earlier where dallara just gets the contract again.. Im surprised the other chassis companies took this seriously..
      Blakkar
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Deltawing is a promising design and I'd love to see it taken into competition to really round off burrs and smooth some wrinkles in what is, in fact, a truly revolutionary design. Everything else has been an Indy car with changes that don't really help as much as most people would think. Every decade or so Indy cars have undergone changes to the point of not resembling the previous generation at all/ To go so far as just having to build an all new car. Me thinks that time is upon us again and fighting it is just making Indy/CART look cheap and foolish next to F1. If you can't build your own car from the ground up, which you could do in F1 until a few years ago, you might as well design a seriously atypical car. Take the plunge and run with it.
      Jesse Gurr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I wanna see 30 Batmobiles going around the track. How will the steering be with the front wheels that close together? I think there might be more crashes because of misjudged distances with the body in the back wider than the front. I can see many drivers forgetting that the back end is wider, way wider than what they are used to.
        Blakkar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        You didn't watch this year's "24 hours of LeMans" then. The Deltawing was underpowered, needing +100hp to really be competitive, but was as nimble as the other LMPs, the Deltawing acquitted itself quite well until it was run off the road by a Toyota LMP. Plus, "30 Batmobiles" racing would be just the thing to make an Indy race worth watching. As it is, I can only think "Cheap F1 race". This would make Indy its own race with dynamics that set it well apart of almost all other racing, while still having it's tangential connection to regular automotive engineering and design.
          Mr E
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Blakkar
          +1 I was just thinking "30 Batmobiles going around the track" sounds f-ing awesome :)
          Fkee11
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Blakkar
          completely agree.  I'd definitely watch a series based off the DeltaWing.  As for running at Le Mans, I don't know that its much of a money maker for teams.
          hyun.shin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Blakkar
          t-bone in this looks painful
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Indy is going to switch to this car just because we don't want it. That's why we have the current indy racer.
      Carma Racing
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks gay. Just like The Ambiguously Gay Duo car from SNL. It is also a stupid design and way too much money for the performance. Please let this thing die. It is an embarrassment to motorsports.
        Glenn Locke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carma Racing
        embarrassment? someone hates new cars huh? The DeltaWing is a great car, its been doing well in ALMS. And its NOT gay in any way shape or form! you need to get your facts straight cause right now, you sound like a know nothing person
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a terrible idea. The car his brutal wall-glue problems. Watch when it hit the wall at Le Mans. If the vehicle is bumped by another or bumps into a wall, the nose keeps moving across but the rear doesn't. So then the car ends up aiming towards the thing it just ran into and runs into it even harder. The only way to get it off the wall/other car is to back it up. So if two Delta Wings ran into each other they'd have no chance of doing anything but slamming into each other card, beginning to run down the track sideways and possibly even flipping over.
        Mr E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Probably true. HOWEVER, it would be mighty difficult for two cars to stick their wheels in between each others, potentially catching air time or loosing a wheel, etc, and getting shunted around, which is a major existing problem.
      n4v1n
      • 2 Years Ago
      typo much?
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it isn't open-wheel, it isn't Indycar.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's the thing: My friends all know I'm a Formula 1 fan, but the ones who aren't car nuts often tell me about having seen the F1 race in Baltimore or Toronto. To most folks, all open-wheel cars look the same. This design would bring a lot of buzz to IndyCar and I believe that confusion would cease. IF it's safe, I think it'd be awesome if IndyCar ultimately wound up in a DeltaWing chassis (starting with Indy Lights is fine.)
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