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DeltaWing Tech unveils road car rendering

May 28, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Photo: DeltaWing Technologies Photo: DeltaWing Technologies

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.”

More information can be found on the DeltaWing website.

  1. ttnvrl8 - May 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Looks like Dr. Panoz hired the retired Pontiac Aztek designers…

  2. midtec2005 - May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I can’t think of a worse looking car, really.

    I’ll keep my large drag coefficient.

  3. techmeister1 - May 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Who in their drug induced mind would ever build such a POS as the DeltaWing race or street car? If you look in the dictionary under CLUSTER you will see the DeltaWing picture. FAIL on virtually ever level sums up this POS.

  4. sportsnut1197 - May 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Thinking putside the box is exactally what this country needs. Id drive one veryday if i could.

  5. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Put a NISSAN diesel in it with a cvt transmission that gets sixty miles per gallon,price them at 22 grand with a cruising range of a thousand miles on a full tank and sell thousands of them.

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