At many levels, the job of a critic is quite simple. It is easy to toss away the hard work put in by someone by a few negative remarks. In the world of motorsports, a certain similar trend follows too. Many regard motor racing as an “expensive entertainment”. The concept of cars running in a loop around a track seems unnecessary to the unpassionate eye. There is a certain degree of uncomfortable gossip about motor racing committees surging in more money even as the world’s fuel resources are depleting.
- It’s triangular shape. So it looks like a black arrow darting through the Tarmac when compared to the very obvious looking Le Mans cars, similar to the Toyota seen in the back.
- It’s got 4 inch wheels in the front separated by a distance of a staggering 15.6 inches only!! So that means its rear wheel steering. Right there, it takes me by surprise. Seriously, when was the last time you heard of a racecar that’s real wheel steered?
- The angular front translates to lesser frontal area, meaning significantly reduced drag, therefore lesser fuel consumption and far lesser pitstops. And as we all know, in motor racing, that’s a lot of time saved.
Ben Bowlby, the creator says- With half the weight, half the drag, half the power and half the fuel consumption, the Deltawing will race at the same speeds as a modern day Le Mans car.
Getting to the interesting bit now (and proving my point), the specs- Power is developed via Nissan’s meager 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 pot, coupled with a 5 speed sequential manual ‘box. So it’s not what you’d call a power train that would deprive you from your sleep.
REAMS can block bullets, whereas carbon fiber shatters on impact.