The DeltaWing has been an interesting experiment to watch evolve. It started out as just a test in the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans to see if such a radically different design could actually be competitive on the track. It has kept racing though and entered its second season of racing in the US this year. DeltaWing Technologies Inc. is now taking the next big leap in the racecar's tech with a four-seat roadcar concept (pictured above).

The concept shares the distinctive shape of the DeltaWing with a narrow front and wide rear, but the greenhouse is much larger to accommodate four people instead of just one racing driver. Obviously, at the moment it lacks important parts like headlights and door handles, but the rendering gives a general idea of what a street version of the racecar would look like.

However, we might not ever see the DeltaWing road car on the streets. Instead of building the car, DeltaWing Technologies is trying to license the platform to automakers for mass production. "We aren't large enough to build enough to make an impact," said Gary Fong, Director of Communications at DeltaWing Technologies to Autoblog. It wants thousands of these vehicles produced each year, and partnering with a large company is the best way to do that. DeltaWing would work closely with the company and thinks it could have a production-ready prototype in four years, according to Fong.

DeltaWing Technologies has some big promises in the lithe concept's package. It believes that a small, four-cylinder engine with 85-110 horsepower would allow the car to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about six seconds, a 130 mph top speed and as much as 70 miles per gallon fuel economy. It says that's possible because the DeltaWing is lighter and more aerodynamically efficient than traditional vehicles.

The concept certainly evokes the three-passenger Nissan BladeGlider, which uses electric power but makes some similar promises. Given the legal battle between DeltaWing and Nissan over the shape, it will interesting to see if either of these futuristic vehicles will make it to the street. Scroll down to read the full announcement.
Show full PR text
FIRST LOOK: THE DELTAWING ROAD CAR
POSTED ON Date TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014 AT 08:47PM

DELTAWING TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS RENDERING OF FOUR-PASSENGER CAR FEATURING PIONEERING DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

Company offers a glimpse of a DeltaWing® for the street that applies unique, innovative design architecture and lightweight technologies to achieve significantly improved fuel economy

DeltaWing Technologies Inc. today revealed how the groundbreaking DeltaWing® architecture – a highly aerodynamic and lightweight design currently competing in IMSA sports car road races in the form of the DeltaWing race car – could look as a street-legal, four-passenger car.

The rendering depicts an exciting, aerodynamic car design that evokes motion, energy and speed even at a standstill and is unlike any of today's road-going automobiles. And yet the innovative DeltaWing® shape is a true form-follows-function design that can significantly reduce aerodynamic drag to help increase fuel efficiency. Another attribute of the shape is considerably less overall mass. When combined with light-yet-strong materials such as lightweight steel, aluminum and advanced composite materials, the result is a car that can deliver any given performance level with significantly reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional automobiles.

Intended as a solution for manufacturers facing more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, the platform offers efficiency benefits whether using new generation smaller and lighter high efficiency gas or diesel powertrains, alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG), or today's and tomorrow's hybrid and all-electric powerplants. DeltaWing Technologies Inc. intends to partner with mass-market auto companies that share its vision rather than manufacture independently, thus offering cars with the DeltaWing® architecture to a broad global audience and significantly expanding the design's efficiency and environmental benefits.

The narrow-track front wheelbase incorporates smaller width tires. The rear-engine design places the center of gravity far to the rear. That results in significantly less weight on the front axles, reducing rolling resistance and further increasing efficiency. Handling is extraordinarily agile, as proven by the narrow front track of the DeltaWing race car competing on America's most challenging road courses in the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

"Many of the aerodynamic, lightweight and handling benefits of the race car can translate to the street," said Don Panoz, chairman of DeltaWing Technologies Inc. "We are competing at the highest levels of road racing with half the weight, half the horsepower, and nearly half of the fuel consumption. We believe we can deliver similar results on the street without compromising safety, comfort and performance. We have a formula that's highly efficient and still fun to drive."

Panoz also said the DeltaWing race car proves teams do not have to rely heavily on horsepower to be competitive. "Design, technology, efficient use of lightweight materials, lower horsepower and lower fuel consumption is a winning formula. I believe this is the future of motorsports, and key to meeting the next decade's fuel economy and emissions standards."

Positioned to Help Auto Manufacturers Meet the 2025 54.5 mpg CAFE Requirements

DeltaWing Technologies Inc.'s goal is to advance the future of the automobile by delivering fuel efficient, green technologies that benefit everyday drivers and commuters and reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Company executives have been meeting with auto manufacturers that support the goal of bringing the DeltaWing® vehicle architecture and its lightweight and efficiency technologies to road cars to help meet the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standard of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025.

The four cornerstones of the DeltaWing® approach are reduced weight, increased powertrain efficiency, decreased energy consumption, and improved aerodynamics. DeltaWing Technologies is seeking OEM partners that share its vision, ultimately licensing to automobile manufacturers the DeltaWing® vehicle architecture that is 35 percent lighter, requires 35 percent less horsepower, and consumes 35 percent less fuel. The current performance targets are 0-60 mph in about six seconds, 130 mph top test-track speed, and up to 70 mpg when using a small displacement, four-cylinder engine producing between 85 and 110 horsepower.

"While we certainly have the capabilities and decades of auto manufacturing experience through our affiliates Panoz LLC and Élan Motorsports Technologies, the DeltaWing deserves the higher volume that an OEM can provide to truly have a beneficial impact on the future and the environment," said Al Speyer, DeltaWing Technologies president and COO.

Reducing Costs, Retaining Brand Identity, and Streamlining Timelines

DeltaWing Technologies can help OEMs that license its technology design and develop a DeltaWing® road vehicle using their existing components and systems or downsized components, which can greatly reduce vehicle design and production costs. It also will work closely with each OEM to incorporate their brand styling design requirements and meet their vehicle content needs.

With the typical new car, truck or SUV taking approximately five years to go from concept to production, DeltaWing can spearhead the validation and certification processes and help shorten the timeline to deliver a production-ready prototype. This capability comes from the close interaction among DeltaWing Technologies' aforementioned automotive and technology affiliates.

The DeltaWing® road car computer-aided design styling and modular platform engineering plans are very far along and at the point where further work would focus on OEM-specific needs. This advance work also greatly contributes to decreasing the production-ready platform development timeline.

DeltaWing Technologies Inc. is based in North Metro-Atlanta community of Braselton and is a leading automotive technologies company committed to helping automotive manufacturers advance the future of the automobile and deliver fuel efficient, green technologies that benefit everyday drivers and commuters and reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. DeltaWing Technologies Inc. is part of a technology group that includes Élan Technologies, Élan Composites, Élan Precision Products, Élan Power Products, and Panoz LLC. Please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deltawingtech) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/DeltaWingTech).


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 71 Comments
      David J Hoebeeck
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Nice one DeltaWing. Hilarious.
      Dave D
      • 6 Months Ago
      And they want to sue Nissan over that thing? LMAO Has anyone asked them if they're paying royalties to the owners of the prior art that already has existed since 1947: The Davis Motor Car Company! How the F can the USPTO keep giving out patents for obvious or pre-existing work? Take a look at this from 1947-48! I'm going to start a new twitter campaign: #USPTOisOutOfControl http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1948-davis-3-wheeler.308750/
      fordskydog
      • 6 Months Ago
      Gimme a tandem two-seater that's less sex toy more race car.
      JW
      • 6 Months Ago
      Save for the Champ Car DP01, Panoz/Élan isn't really known for beautiful automotive design... On the track or on the street.
      hn376rar
      • 6 Months Ago
      I curious what the seating configuration would be... 2+2 1+3 Oh, 1+2+1 that would be interesting. I agree with the comment about not wanting to be t-boned aka: "speared" by this thing. : )
      JB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Areo has more to do with what happens at the back of the car than the front. It would probably be better driving backwards. The lines dont look that smooth. Look at the Tesla Model S for smooth lines.
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Gotta laugh at tricycle configurations….I've seen GullWing Honda tricycle conversions and almost all of them have damaged rear pontoons/fenders from the rider failing to compensate for the width of the vehicle…and the rider can SEE the width simply by turning his head. The Deltawing cars….not so much.
        zepeda1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        good point. also I think this does just fine on a open road but what about in a parking lot?
      JonZeke
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ace and Gary, your car is ready.
      Actionable Mango
      • 6 Months Ago
      Decades ago there was a wide variety of car shapes. Nowadays they all seem basically the same shape, with differences down to styling of curves, grills, and lights. Every once in a long while there is a standout like the Prowler, but it's rare. So I've been thinking it would be nice to see some innovative shapes. But not this shape.
      karriston
      • 6 Months Ago
      The Delta Wing did not start out as a Le Mans experiment. It started out as bid to be the new chassis for Indycar starting in 2012. http://www.deltawingracing.com/history/ Anyway. I can't say that I'm a fan of this rendering. As a racecar I think the Delta Wing definitely has potential but as a passenger car... I'm no so sure.
      narcszm
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yuck.
      Love Great Danes
      • 6 Months Ago
      looks like it needs Viagra
    • Load More Comments