Just when we thought the DeltaWing couldn't get any weirder, DeltaWing Racing Cars unveils a new enclosed version of the experimental racer. The coupe is set to bow at Sebring International Raceway this week, complete with an all-new tub to help it comply with 2014 LMP1 regulations. The new racer, to be campaigned without former sponsor Nissan, also features a new engine worked up by the minds at Elan Motorsports Technologies. The open-top machine will still get around the track thanks to a revised version of its old turbocharged 2.0-liter mill. So, why put a hardtop on the car?

Engineers say adding the roof offers up an obvious safety advantage, protecting the driver's head from debris, rollovers and the like. The design also moves the driving position to dead center instead of off to the left or right, also as a safety precaution. Drivers Andy Meyrick and Olivier Pla will helm the machine at its inaugural race this weekend which could be as soon as Laguna Seca.

UPDATE: A clarification – the DeltaWing coupe will not race at Sebring, it will merely be displayed. The open-top version of the car will be campaigned with a new, larger engine until the coupe is ready to race.


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      Phil
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, I really want the DeltaWing to succeed. It's the most unique piece in racing in a loooong time. That said, that bubble is ugly.
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phil
        Exactly. I wish I could defend everything DeltaWing (because I pretty much have been up until now), that windshield is just way too bulbous. Fix that and you're one step closer to a Batmobile.
          LW
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Klep
          heard of teardrop shape?
      Sam Abuelsamid
      • 2 Years Ago
      The DeltaWing coupe is on display at Sebring but it will NOT race until later this year, perhaps as soon as Laguna. The existing open-top car with a new larger engine will be run until then including this weekends race http://www.deltawingracing.com/news/2013/3/14/deltawing-coupe-on-display.html
      Lookup MGTOW
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should switch from 4 cylinder to 120° V6 lower Center of Gravity = less tipping over
      Kevin Stewart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe nobody has yet mentioned the parallels between this and the aircraft from Darkwing Duck. It's uncanny o.O
      Mike Laney
      • 2 Years Ago
      The engine is now Mazda MZR based, not Nissan. It\'s a completely new motor for the Deltawing.
        huisj203
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Laney
        Thanks. I was wondering about that. I recalled the old one being based off the 1.6L Nissan turbo from the Juke, but the article seemed to be hazy about that.
          Read Tull
          • 2 Years Ago
          @huisj203
          From what I read most of the engine internals in the Nissan Deltawing were from another company (iirc Chevrolet) but the throttle body and a few other parts was from a juke.
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Adding an enclosed cockpit won't solve its road traction issues that make it venerable to competitors side-swiping it out of races.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Banf_1
        I don't think venerable means what you think it means. Also, I don't think road traction issues means what you think it means either, since I actually think it was more about visibilty...
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone's been letting Homer design their windshields again...
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome car, but the paint reminds me of Bieber.
        cdwrx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        If you need to think about Bieber, that's fine, but don't blame the car.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        [blocked]
          Klep
          • 2 Years Ago
          ^ Worst possible way to finish "No, but..." in response to Aaron.
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, but he made it look so cool.
      Jon Acton
      • 2 Years Ago
      that is unholy. gack.
      Bud
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Dr Don got his felt tip pen out on a napkin at Chateau Elan (Murphy's) one evening, after a couple of big Jamesons. Mind you I am not sure what else could be done with the styling ? Ford Edsel ?
      LW
      • 2 Years Ago
      no nissan, media no care
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time for Cadillac or Buick to step up and sponsor this car.
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