2013 NAIAS: DeltaWing LeMans Racer

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Unlike the team Ferrari and Red Bull F1 race cars on display at the 2013 NAIAS’ media preview, the DeltaWing on display in the Cobo concourse is the actual race car that ran at LeMans last summer and at Road Atlanta’s Petit LeMans race later in the year. In both races, the rather stealthy needle-nosed experimental car was hit by other drivers who apparently missed seeing its narrow profile. As a result, the rear view mirrors and the tops of the fairings behind the driver and passenger seats have been repainted a high visibility orange red. So far the DeltaWing team has shown that the car can run competitive lap times and it can actually corner, despite only 4″ of width for the front tires. Perhaps that shouldn’t be so surprising. The Lotus Elan wore tires that narrow and it could exceed 0.9g on the skid pad. The DeltaWing display at the NAIAS appeared to have been sponsored by Michelin, which supplies those skinny front tires, and the more conventional rear ones as well.

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