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
Now, as I warily pilot my out lap, sat at half the height of the GT-R, I decide there are actually six blind crests here, and that I really can't see over the dash. I can see plenty out the back, thanks to the giant widescreen mirrors demanded by race regs (they add a whopping six per cent to its aero drag), but there's nothing chasing me out here.
And then something remarkable happens. By lap two, I'm entirely comfortable. It's a piece of cake to drive, will even change up automatically if you clip the 7,300rpm limiter but, more than that, does nothing scary or dramatically different to any other car. The technique is different, though. Braking deep into the apex is a no-no; it's far better to slow soon, turn in fast and then get back on the power earlier than you think possible. It's a conservative driving style, but one that suits the layout and weight distribution perfectly.