New DeltaWing will make its debut in the American Le Mans Monterey race

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 22, 2013

In DeltaWing Racing Cars’ first full season in the American Le Mans Series, the new DeltaWing is slated to have its first appearance at the May 9 to 11 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the American Le Mans Monterey race. In 2012, the innovative open-top DeltaWing debuted at two races: the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta last October, where it ranked fifth overall.

For 2013, the DeltaWing received several improvements that could cause it to become a top contender in the series top class, P1. This model received an Élan 1.9L, 4-cylinder turbo engine and got Bridgestone a new tire partner.

It is driven by Andy Meyrick (Cheshire, England) and Olivier Pla (Toulouse, France). Don Panoz, managing partner, DeltaWing Racing Cars and the founder of the ALMS, said that this model performs like a hybrid but it doesn’t require an electric motor or batteries. He shared that it’s focused on aerodynamics. He also cited how environmentally friendly it is, offering the same performance but half the weight, fuel consumption, tire wear, and the horsepower.

The DeltaWing will compete in the main race of the weekend on May 11 at 3:30 in the afternoon. We can expect four hours of exciting sports car racing where drivers push their mental and physical abilities to the limit by racing from daylight into dusk.

Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager, said that it’s a “real treat” for fans to see this unusually-designed vehicle get on a highly technical track. He further said that it will be interesting how DeltaWing will handle the Corkscrew turn at the track.

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