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.
“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.)