The 2012 Le Mans build-up is well underway. Away from the fanfare of which Audi will win this year, it is great to see that the Delta Wing has made it.
The car is there. It works. The drivers have qualified. The garage 56′ers will be in the race.
This is not small achievement given the state of the project only a few months ago. The guys have put in a herculean effort to prep the car.
OK it doesn’t have all the technology they initially intended (torque vectoring etc) but it does still have that little 1.6ltr engine and they do still aim to complete the race with far less fuel than the others.
What I’d be really interested to know is how they have gone about setting up the car, what with the unique configuration. Perhaps we’ll be able to provide some insights here from the team in time but it will certainly have some fascinating challenges. If you are an Autosport subscriber then here are some good thoughts on the subject, in an interview with chief designer Ben Bowlby.
It will be good to see something positive come of the design after Le Mans, although that seems less clear at present. A one-make series has been mentioned but hopefully the bigger benefits Ben is trying to prove will also form the legacy of this fascinating project.
Good luck from the team at paceinsights.com, and here’s to a finish!
If you’re interested in a bit of Delta Wing action prior to Le Mans, then this is a great video in-car of the Delta Wing project car finally making it on track.
Enjoy the in-car:
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