New Delta Wing

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John Kernodle

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New Delta Wing
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:09:18 PM »
The "new" Delta Wing powered by Elan (built from a Mazda engine block) looks much cooler than the Nissan Delta Wing did.  I am looking forward to photographing it at Sebring where it will be racing in P1.

from National Speed Sport News:

DeltaWing Gets A New Look
by NSSN Staff

The DeltaWing will sport a new chrome and red look throughout the 2013 racing season. (Photo Courtesy DeltaWing)

BRASELTON, Ga. – DeltaWing Racing Cars has revealed the livery for the DeltaWing powered by Elan, before its first on-track test scheduled for this Wednesday at Road Atlanta.
After running a fully black livery with some yellow, then red trim on the roll hoop accents in 2012, the 2013 DeltaWing livery marks a radical departure. The DeltaWing will take the grid in 2013 with a striking chrome paint scheme, now highlighted with red accents on the roll hoop and just behind the front tires, from new tire partner Bridgestone.

The chrome is a natural evolution for the car that has made its mark on the sports car racing world simply by being different. It’s the latest new element for the DeltaWing’s 2013 season.
“It just ties into the DeltaWing being such a unique, revolutionary car,” said Don Panoz, managing partner, DeltaWing Racing Cars. “I wanted something that represented that image. A shining, aggressive metal was what I thought of, and that was the chrome.”

The design went through several possible design ideas before settling on the chrome and red.

“I think this became apparent once we would be using Bridgestone tires,” said Panoz. “The only color they have outside of black is red. We wanted to keep it consistent. Before deciding on the chrome, I looked at brilliant reds or brilliant greens. We decided the chrome was the thing to keep it in line with Bridgestone and their colors.”

This is not the first time a Panoz race car has had this type color. The Panoz Esperante GTR-1 that raced in the late 1990s had a primarily silver background, as did the LMP1 Panoz Roadster-S run that premiered in 1999.
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Re: New Delta Wing
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 07:30:50 AM »
That's really neat. Also love the tidbit about its roots with the Esperante. (It used to be my favorite 'fast' car)


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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 08:13:51 AM »
It seems that with such a narrow front track the car wouldn't handle well.  Apparently not so, however.  The car looks more like a dragster than a road course car.
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Re: New Delta Wing
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 06:50:04 PM »
You're right John H. It does bear a strong resemblance to a top fuel dragster.Wheelbase looks to be shorter but the overall look is quite close. Of course a top fueler probably has 3 times the displacement plus a few other goodies!
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