Top Gear drives the DeltaWing
The DeltaWing has had quite a year. This is what happened when we got behind the wheel…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012
We whip off bits of bodywork to see what's going on underneath. The pushrod rear suspension is a work of art, both sides interlinked through a complex network of rods, joints and plates. This is because, as Bowlby points out, "It's the back of the car that's doing all the work, really." The front is somewhat less convincing from my layman's perspective. The movement of those skinny wheels is controlled by the suspension from a mountain bike.
You'd be mistaken if you thought there was anything Heath Robinsonesque about the Deltawing, though. Tap the dense carbon tub, look at the effort and investment that's gone in and realise this car completely transcends its racing pedigree. Petit Le Mans was only its second race - and first finish (it was taken out at Le Mans proper by a Toyota prototype). It's a brave project for Bowlby personally and Nissan commercially.