American Indycar series ponders chassis switch for 2012
12 February 2010

This radical racing car is one new chassis proposal for the American Indycar racing series.

The DeltaWing is one of four contenders for a new design of chassis that will be introduced to the series in 2012, along with existing supplier Dallara, Lola and Swift.

See the radical DeltaWing racer pictures

The car was designed by Chip Ganassi Racing's Ben Bowlby, formerly Lola's chief designer. Its unusual body style has been designed specifically to encourage close racing and to minimise aerodynamic disturbance in the car's wake.

DeltaWing chief executive officer Dan Partel believes the car could revitalise American single seater racing if it is accepted by the Indy Racing League.

"Today marks a fundamental shift in how race fans and the general public will view all racing cars in the future; this is a game changer," he said. "This radical prototype takes open wheel racing to a new level from both an engineering standpoint and the overall spectator experience."

The DeltaWing is powered by a 2.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine and it is designed to achieve speeds of 235mph.

DeltaWing plans to start testing its first prototype in August this year.

Twitter - follow

Join the debate


12 February 2010

It's not open wheel though, duh!

anyway looks cool.

12 February 2010

Do you have to wear an anatomically correct black rubber suit and mask to drive it though?

12 February 2010

Presumably it's only for racing in straight lines.

12 February 2010

It corners like an arrow...

12 February 2010

[quote Welsh Wizard]Presumably it's only for racing in straight lines.[/quote]

Yep, I thought that, probably great for big ovals but with the front wheels so close together, that's not going to go round a road course in any great hurry.

12 February 2010

Is this Batman's new car?, it's too far out man!,yep! sell it to a film studio,maybe the new car for James Bond 007!!

Peter Cavellini.

12 February 2010

[quote philcUK]Do you have to wear an anatomically correct black rubber suit and mask to drive it though?

The Gimp racing series....

12 February 2010

Paint it pink, get Ann Summers to sponsor it & you've got

"The Ann Summers D*ldo Racing League"

12 February 2010

Aren't there going to be major crashes when these overtake each other given that the front of the car is about 3 times wider than the front? Or maybe that whats the yanks want - big accidents!

12 February 2010

Could see Del Boy in one of these , if it was painted yellow. Doesn't he have a Batman costume already ?

Seriously , it looks beatifull , but totally unsuitable for driving on a crowded race track.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?