DeltaWing in 2012 LeMans

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  1. rkw

    rkw Well-Known Member

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    My skeptical opinion hasn't changed since the IndyCar attempt but I'll be happy if proven wrong. Even if they don't get it to Le Mans I want to see it built and demoed.
     
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    Yes look forward to seeing it actually tested on a track and not just hyperchat. If it works, good. But dang that narrow front track goes against everything. Did anyone notice just how wiiiiiide the Audi's were in the 24hr race?
     
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    I know there's a regulation on maximum width of the front and rear tracks, seems like there would be a minimum reg too...
     
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    A "crop of awards" for a car that hasn't run yet?

    Or did I miss something? :confused5:

    A crop of awards for DeltaWing (lemans.org)
     
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    This concept was tested with less than stellar results...:wink:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQh56geU0X8[/ame]
     
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    Wonder how long until the driver sees a gap that fits the nose & goes for it? I'm all for innovation, but this one is just more that a bit strange. Time will tell I guess.

    Edit I've seen that test before. It is just as hilarious the second time. :lol:
     
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    So, has it been on track yet? Anywhere?

    Does it even exist in running form?

    Seems like another Mosler Skycar to me. I'm conviced the only reason the Skycar exists is to bilk new investors out of more money.....
     
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    MICHELIN DELIVERS FIRST TIRES TO DELTAWING: Tire Size Differential Shocking at First Glance (AmericanLemans.com)
     
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    Tires represent yet another uphill battle for this thing that I hadn't even thought of. I remember reading about Tyrrell having this problem with their 6-wheeled F1 car. There weren't any specially made tires available to handle the speeds and punishment in the particular size they needed for those little front wheels. In fact, the had to go to extra lengths to manage the front tires as a result. If you look just below the driver's helmet you see the mirror pod. Just below that there's a small window they added through the side of the cockpit so the driver can visually observe the condition of the front tires.
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    Looks like the Delatwing folks got lucky in hooking up with a tire company that wants to be part of the project.
     
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    The front brakes must either be inboard, or too small.
     
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    Unbelievable..... Let's ponder this a minute:idea:.......where have we seen this before...oh that's right, on a top fuel dragster designed only to go in a straight line....:crazy:
     
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    DeltaWing Heads To Windshear Wind Tunnel (MotorAuthority.com)
     
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    You telling me they haven't even driven the dang thing around the parking lot and we have all this press...and now advanced wind tunnel research. It's not an airplane; a rolling working chassis should/could have been done for testing a long time ago...means nothing of course but me feels the BS flag coming out of my pocket.....lol
     
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    :cornut: Like others,I'll wait and see.:Thumbsup:

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    Maybe they're waiting to test it at Le Mans. :D
     
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    I wonder who's 1.6L engine they have?

    Who's making anything that size these days, besides MINI?

    I'm betting on a version of the Ford Ecotec......

    However, I'm still mostly convinced this is another Mosler Skycar.

    How light would this thing have to be to be able to keep up with a V8/V10/V12 Audi at Lemans?
     
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    The current WRC rules specify 1.6L turbo direct injection, producing around 300 hp. That matches the specs they've been talking about, and would give them the possibility of any of the WRC manufacturers -- MINI, Ford, Hyundai, Volkswagen, etc. With all the design and development being done in the US, it does seem Ford would be the most likely partner.
     
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    CRAP-Nothing but pure "CRAP" This Ain't even a car!!!

    If they get to run that stupid clown car at Le Mans I'm going to give up on watching racing. They already ruined the Rolex with the stupid Prototype crap. At least they did leave the GT class but sure don't cover it much. They totally ruined NASCAR with the stupid all the same crap they run.

    If they are going to have a race they should be forced to use a car & engine type you can actually relate to.I like the Continental challenge because they do race real cars and not the stupid crap that cost a million dollars or more and can't drive on any road in the whole wide world.

    If you like the stupid crap that you will never see off of a race track it is fine with me. I don't like them, I don't want to see them and I'm never going to relate to them. I was a huge NASCAR fan at one time but ever since they cloned the cars and used stickers to tell you what they are supposed to be I stopped getting involved with even watching them on TV let alone buying a ticket to go see a live race.

    I love the WRC but only one station even carries it and they don't show them all. There is nothing more enjoyable then watching real street cars racing each other. (Even if they are fully modified for safety and strength.

    This is my opinion and I'm sticking to it:::mad::mad::mad::mad2::mad5::incazzato::incazzato:
     
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    I would be surprised if it was anything other than a Honda given the connections with Highcroft.
     

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