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New Indy Car Design

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by edinatlanta, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

    Jan 14, 2005
    A bit better than yesterday, all day vomiting for
    ^...that reach 230 mph!
  2. A Y

    A Y Senior member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Southern California
    So the big global PR for the (now) Nissan Deltawing was yesterday.

    Big news:

    - Nissan is supplying the motor which is a 300HP turbo-4 based on the Juke's 1.6L 160HP engine. Apparently all the other car companies pussied out.
    - Will be racing at Le Mans as a Garage 56 car, which means it's an experimental entry that will run the race but not be eligible for placing.
    - Public debut is tomorrow at Sebring.

    Meanwhile, Highcroft released an onboard video of the car at Buttonwillow (a racetrack about 20 miles west of Bakersfield) as well as a feature:



    More details and pics here: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/03/nissan-deltawing/


    Basically, they want to halve everything --- power, weight, consumption --- and keep up with the normal cars.

    I'm really looking forward to Le Mans to see how this car does, and I can't believe IRL passed up this car because it was too radical! Who do they think they are? NASCAR?

    Here are some short interviews with the various people involved, including the designer and Dan Gurney:

    Ben Bowlby (designer): http://www.highcroftracing.com/storage/media-files/INTL_EN_90096.pdf
    Duncan Dayton (Highcroft): http://www.highcroftracing.com/storage/media-files/INTL_EN_90093.pdf
    Dan Gurney: http://www.highcroftracing.com/storage/media-files/INTL_EN_90095.pdf
    Don Panoz: http://www.highcroftracing.com/storage/media-files/INTL_EN_90099.pdf

    Interesting points:

    - reduced tire wear and reduced tire size saves everywhere
    - Gurney was the 1st person to spray Champagne from the podium
    - 11.8 gallon fuel tank

    I think this is one of the most exciting racing developments in a long time!

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