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DeltaWing Unveils New GT Concept

Prototype takes unusual design “one step closer” to street-legal.

by on Oct.02, 2015

The DeltaWing GT's extreme design would help it achieve a wind-cheating 0.26 drag coefficient.

The radical, dart-shaped DeltaWing race car has come “one step closer” to going street legal, the Georgia-based DeltaWing Technology Group says, with the unveiling of its DeltaWing GT Concept.

The highly aerodynamic design, based on the company’s Le Mans race car, would serve as the basis for a road-going, two-seat GT car. And DeltaWing hopes to follow it with a four-door sedan version, as well, it previously indicated.

Pushing Boundaries!

“Real-world testing” is set to begin before the end of this year, DeltaWing announced in a statement, though its didn’t lay out production plans. The wind-cheating design and lightweight, spaceframe chassis would allow the GT to deliver sports car performance while still getting up to 74 miles per gallon, DeltaWing has estimated.


DeltaWing Moves Ahead With Family of Road, Track Cars

DeltaWing GT race car also in the works.

by on Mar.23, 2015

A rendering of the DeltaWing GT racer. Two- and four-door street-legal models would maintain the same basic dart-shaped layout.

Suspension problems may have soured things at Sebring over the weekend, but the folks behind the DeltaWing program are anything but downbeat these days.

Quite the contrary. They’re confidently planning to move ahead with efforts to build not just one but a family of street legal cars based on the radical DeltaWing design. First seen on track during the 2012 running of the Le Mans endurance race, the DeltaWing is a dart-shaped race car that focuses on light weight and advanced aerodynamics rather than massive amounts of horsepower.

Be Inventive!

Backed by Don Panoz, the Georgia-based entrepreneur and race team owner, DeltaWing Technology Group says preliminary testing shows it could deliver sporty performance – and more than 70 miles per gallon. If that held up with a production model, it rival the best of today’s hybrids and even more advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles.


DeltaWing Unveils 4-Seat Passenger Car Concept

Ultra-light and aero design goes from track to street.

by on May.28, 2014

The DeltaWing sedan concept picks up many of the design elements of the race car, notably its sleek aerodynamic shape and light weight.

The radical DeltaWing race car created quite a buzz when it made its debut a few years back, and this equally radical 4-seat passenger car concept is likely to stir things up even more.

Developed by the Georgia-based DeltaWing Technologies, the prototype features a narrow, windswept nose and ultra-light construction to significantly improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Whether potential buyers would take to the unusual design remains to be seen, but aerodynamics and “lightweighting” have become critical to the industry’s efforts to meet the tough 54.5 mpg federal fuel economy standards going into effect in 2025.

Just Wing It!

“Many of the aerodynamic, lightweight and handling benefits of the race car can translate to the street,” said DeltaWing Chairman Don Panoz. “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.”


Nissan BladeGlider Concept Adopts Radical Delta Shape

Strongly influenced by DeltaWing LeMans race car.

by on Nov.08, 2013

The Nissan BladeGlider's shape was strongly influenced by the DeltaWing race car.

Taking its cue from the radical DeltaWing race car, Nissan plans to reveal the new deltoid-shaped BladeGlider concept vehicle at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show – and the way the prototype gets its power is as revolutionary as the design itself.

While the DeltaWing used a small but high-performance gasoline engine, the BladeGlider is all-electric. But unlike Nissan’s now-familiar Leaf battery-electric vehicle, the new concept vehicle puts power to the pavement through a pair of in-wheel motors.

The Last Word!

“A clean slate was the starting point for this project,” explains Francois Bancon, Nissan’s head of product strategy. “The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics.”


Nissan Confirms New NISMO GT-R, Plans to Open New NISMO HQ and Plant

Performance brand will anchor Japanese maker’s return to Le Mans in 2014.

by on Feb.25, 2013

The 2014 GT-R will provide the foundation for Nissan's next NISMO model.

Nissan plans to rapidly ramp up its line-up of high-performance models under the NISMO brand, with a new version of the GT-R sports car to join the Juke and 370Z NISMO models the maker unveiled earlier this month at the Chicago Auto Show.

Originally intended to serve as the Japanese maker’s racing arm, NISMO will now get its own headquarters and a plant specifically earmarked to produce its performance street products.

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During a news conference in Japan on Tuesday morning, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn also outlined an expanded role for NISMO in the maker’s global motorsports program, with Nissan planning to field a car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 that will be based on the revolutionary DeltaWing project it sponsored during the 2012 running of the grueling endurance race. While details have yet to be released, the new Le Mans car will make extensive use of electric propulsion, as well as advanced aerodynamic design.


Nissan Darting into LeMans with DeltaWing racer

Revolutionary design could reshape motor sports.

by on Mar.14, 2012

Nissan has put its name on the DeltaWing racer as its title sponsor.

Over more than a century of motor sports, the racing world has often been transformed by dramatic shifts in design.  Today, aerodynamics can play as significant a role as the powertrain in a race car – as fans of the Formula One world can readily attest.

Is the DeltaWing project ready to unleash the next big revolution?  The dart-like concept, which has more visually in common with a fighter aircraft than a NASCAR or even an Indy racer, is set to get its first big test during the unforgiving 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to the project’s latest sponsor, Nissan.

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The Japanese maker says it is “aiming to change the face of endurance racing forever” with what has now been renamed the Nissan DeltaWing.  That’s no minor boast when you consider what the exotic concept will be going up against, including the likes of Audi’s latest diesel-powered monster, the R18 eTron Quattro.


Is the Delta Wing Concept the Future of Racing?

Developers plan to begin track testing in August.

by on Feb.12, 2010

Looking more like a comic book impression of a race car, the DeltaWing Concept could transform motor sports, say sponsors.

It’s got a sort of “Back to the Future” look that would seem comfortable on the pages of a comic book,” but could the DeltaWing race car concept revolutionize real world motor sports?  That’s the question surrounding the steel gray prototype on display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, an event more commonly known for introducing new sedans and sport-utility vehicles.

Developed by DeltaWing LLC, which is appropriately based in Indianapolis, the 2012 DeltaWing IndyCar Concept is being billed as “the future of open-wheel racing.”  Among other things, the design promises to be more fuel-efficient than conventional race cars, as well as safer.  Using less power and about half the fuel of a traditional IndyCar, the developers claim they have turned consistent 235 mph laps.

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“This radical prototype takes open wheel racing to a new level from both an engineering standpoint and the overall spectator experience,” proclaimed DeltaWing CEO Dan Partel, during the debut of the race car concept, which will be on exhibit during the Chicago Auto Show’s public days at the Bridgestone/Firestone stand – the tire maker partnering in the development project. Among other things, it came up with special Firestone Firehawk tires for the prototype.)