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DeltaWing coupe gets its first running (VIDEO)

Sep 5, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

DeltaWing coupe (DeltaWing Racing Cars) DeltaWing coupe (DeltaWing Racing Cars)

The DeltaWing coupe turned its first laps Tuesday and Wednesday in a two-day shakedown at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga. The team is planning a debut of the coupe version of the radical prototype after it got the open-top car working and running well at its most recent American Le Mans Series race at Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The coupe is aimed at improving cooling, since overheating problems had been a rather persistent issue with the open-top spyder. The coupe had its public unveil at the season opener in Sebring, but the actual race chassis is a sleeker design compared to the show car that was on display there.

“The new engine installation is all about better cooling, while giving us easier access to the exhaust and turbo systems,” car designer Simon Marshall said in a release. “We added an air intake on the roof which increased the cooling air by 50 percent, repackaged where the turbo and intercooler sit and installed a bigger oil cooler, which is all definitely working. The windscreen, the doors, all the new parts all did what they are supposed to do. It was a successful day.”

Katherine Legge tested the Élan-powered car in its initial shakedown and will drive it with Andy Meyrick at the next round of the ALMS season, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sept. 21. The team sat out the last ALMS race in Baltimore, which was probably a smart move given this brutal accident at the start of the race.

UPDATE, 12:00 A.M. ET: The team produced a brief video of how the car looks and drives from the shakedown. It was released earlier Thursday, but we’re just getting around to adding it in now. So, anyway, have a look below.

  1. wallio - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Dear God, please kill it. Aside from Ben Bowlby and Don Panoz, NOONE likes this thing. I used to like Panoz’s designs myself, but I should have known he’d love something this ugly. I thank God everyday Indycar said no…..

  2. paultheblackcat - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Who appointed you to speak for everybody? Racing is supposed to be about innovation and that’s what the Delta Wing is all about. If it had been treated the same as the other cars at Petit, it would have won. I want to see it win and really shake up racing.

  3. wallio - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Oh please, get off your high horse. It’s a light car that gets good gas milage, how exactly is that innovative? Ok, sure it has a trick rear diff, but yet nobody has designed one similar to it yet, and no media bits exist about it. Because only Bowlby knows about it. And the shape? Hardly innovative, look at salt flats cars from the 60s on up.

    It’s also a big fraud. During the Indycar chassis bidding, Bowlby was adamant that NO changes could be made to the Deltawing, ever. If you changed it he said “its ideas” wouldn’t work. This was the official reason Indy rejected it (besides the massive public outcry). Then he goes and radically changes it to run Le Mans. uh ok?

    Then he signs a deal with Nissan to call it the Nissan DeltaWing, despite it being an Aston Martin AMR-1 chassis with a Chevy motor. Sure that’s not a joke or anything. And then when ALMS allowed it in, Don Panoz was talking about how so many will be sold, they’ll need they’re own class, blah blah blah. But yet no one else runs them. But sure they’re innovative alright…..

  4. drylake - Sep 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    “Who’s gonna ride that chrome three-wheeler……..Who’s gonna make that first mistake….”

  5. apexassassin - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    It still looks like a penis on wheels and that’s a compliment compared to how it really looks!

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