The development of the DeltaWing is making a break and taking a left turn, with a report on Speed revealing that almost none of the partners who helped make the car possible are involved in its racing plans for 2013. That includes Ben Bowlby, the man who dreamed it up, Dan Gurney's All American Racers, Highcroft Racing and Nissan – all of them have apparently stepped away. The only potential supplier left is Michelin, and it's only potential because Michelin hasn't commented on the matter.

Don Panoz remains, and there's a lot of work going into the three races planned for the DeltaWing this year. A new 1.9-liter race engine with a billet block, direct injection and twin turbos, based off two different Mazda engines, is reportedly being built for the program. Lighter than the Nissan engine formerly used and running on the dyno now, output is at 345 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, meaning it is also more powerful than the Nissan engine.

Its first outing will be at the 12 Hours of Sebring next month, where it will move up to the P1 category. After that, the radical racer will be enclosed – Bowlby originally envisioned a coupe – and it is expected to race at Laguna Seca on May 11 and at Baltimore on August 31. Assuming the racing and performance targets are met, plans are to bring the coupe version of the DeltaWing to market.


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      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems to me that Nissan milked 99% of the good publicity out of this project, then let Panoz and his massive ego pull out with very little left to gain. Score one for Nissan, zero for Panoz.
      jdeli01
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder why everyone pulled out of the project. It provided a lot of good PR for everyone. It is a shame that everyone quit because the delta wing seemed to be gaining momentum after its early struggles.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jdeli01
        A single turbo use with a 1.9 bore would have benefit nissan, but a twin turbo would not. Nissan would not make a small bore as 2.0 with twin turbo it would not be efficient for future use in production cars. using the 1.6 with the single turbo is benefits for nissan as it got to play around with it. probably we see a more efficient 1.6 turbo in the future.
          Blakkar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          I'm not sure CHRYSLER and GM were doing experiments with extremely good results in the 1980s. The Oldsmobile Aerotech and the Dodge M4S, conversely. The Dodge M4S, the Wraith Car, one of my personal favorite Supercars NEVER to get produced, used a 2.2L Twin Turbo i4, to crank 440hp. The car was capable of nearly 200mph, and still able to return 27mpg. This was in 1981. CHRYSLER did consider putting the car to product around 1984, but did not think anyone would buy the car at $50K. Of course, not 10 years later, they did so with the Viper, for $55K. It is largely considered a car that would have changed everything for Chrysler, much like the 1963 Turbine car. But Cold feet killed the M4S. The 1987 Olds Aerotech, looked like a futurist LMP. It's 2.3L twin Turbo i4, made 850hp, and propelled the car to over 267mph. However the body was just a shell for the Indy car frame underneath and purpose made. AJ Foyt was it's test driver. The Engine developed for the car spawned the Olds Quad-4, the engine that made GM fear the Fiero beating the C4 Corvette, and similar four cylinder engines. The development of those lead to the Aurora 4.0L V8, still considered GM's best engine ever until the LS7, even then it would have been highly effective and competitive today. This was nearly and over 30 years ago. Considering the advances that have been made since then, I think a TT-i4 would work for efficiency and power especially under racing conditions.
      edward.stallings
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gay looking piece of crap with special rules to make it competitive. Whoever pitched this program should get an award for salesmanship. Buyers remorse seems to afflict everyone who becomes involved, once they wake up and look rationally at the thing.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edward.stallings
        you just understood....nothing
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          Special rules for a special sub par design that can not stand on its own. I understand perfectly.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edward.stallings
        You are a fool. The car uses half as much horsepower as the cars it is keeping up with. It is tremendously efficient. I think it's a shame that Nissan is bailing, but it sounds like the resulting motor will be better. Racing needs some innovation.
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Like I said, it needs special rules to make it competitive. A D sports racer with conventional design and a similar turbo engine would kill it for a fraction of the price. They are having special rules to promote an asinine design. Innovation comes when the rules allow freedom. I'm not the fool in this discussion.
        Erica Boulder-Wanker
        @edward.stallings
        Douchebag looking piece of comment Nerdward
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edward.stallings
        How is a rocket shaped racing car \"gay looking?\" What is \"gay looking?\" Is running 200 mph with a 1.6 litre engine \"gay?\" Does it mean DeltaWing is attracted to other race cars? Engage your brain, son.
      edgar.rush
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why shaped like penis. Because race car.
        Blakkar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edgar.rush
        And apparently it works. If the car did have to start from the back of the pack, it would have won the race handily.
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe this year they will paint it a more visible color instead of black....
        AXEL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Yeah, because as we all know, black is invisible...
      Schobz
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a shame Mazda didn't provide the sky active diesel for this. That'd give the Audi fan boys something to worry about.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Schobz
        @ schobz, as much as I like mazda, LongDucDong is correct mazda skyactiv diesel have been horrible on the race track,Very unreliable. sorry dude but that is the truth. http://www.nosmokenopoke.com/2013/01/tech-mazda6-gx-skyactiv-d-race-cars-have-a-shakey-start-at-rolex-24/
        Blakkar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Schobz
        Not for some time at the very least. But I doubt MAZDA will be the only ones running a small diesel for long. GM could get into it, though as is their M.O., it won't be a factory effort. Their execs have no sense of Racing as R&D or just adventure.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Nissan they got balls to think outside the box always trying new things even if it's unconventional and not to the taste of everyone. Haters going to hate, but who is else is developing a DeltaWing type race car or sells things like a convertible crossover vehicle and rather brilliant and bonkers Juke R, or sell the cheapest car sold in America and have the legendary GT-R in the same lineup, nobody only Nissan does. Today’s Nissan is truly unconventional rebellious brand with some great engineering talent (even if it's a few rouge ones, lol) and rather quirky taste, I love it.
        Kiiks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        You do realize, that Nissan only provided the powerplant for the car. They had precious little to do with it's development.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I understand the first engine was not a Nissan, but it was destroy in some race, then Nissan came along joining the team some time in March, 2012, providing them with the 1.6 dig turbo engine crank 300hp which was used. Seems reliable too. Now they will use a mazda MZR engine bore to 1.9 instead of the 2.0, using a twin turbo.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm what is a nissan engine
      Kory James
      • 1 Year Ago
      The four-cylinder engine that the DeltaWing raced with at Le Mans was billed as a Nissan, but it was built largely from Chevrolet parts by England's Ray Mallock Engineering, which built the fours that won the 2011 World Touring Car Championship in a Chevrolet Cruze. The DeltaWing did, at least, sport a throttle body from a Nissan Juke.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kory James
        what you say your correct, but the engine was damage and replace with the 1.6 dig turbo, sometime in 2012.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          @kory james Let me explain more,I know the original engine was a chevy that did some racing some thing happen, up to 2011, some time in 2012 the engine block was rebore by Nissan Nismo division to Juke specs, the head was change from chevy cylinder head to the head used on the nissan juke with pure drive technology and throttle body. Although the block might have been a chevy majority of the parts and tech is nissan's.That is why it is billed a nissan engine. I know you got your info from the net but it is partly correct. Highcroftracing was one of the engineers not mention. http://www.highcroftracing.com/deltawing/
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just because it's different doesn't mean it doesn't suck.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        [blocked]
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      chris harris loved it...i love it ;)
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