Top Gear meets the DeltaWing
Sam Philip goes on track with the car that could rewrite racing... or end up on its roof
Posted: 23 May 2012
"We don't have regulations. We could turn the boost up if we wanted to and go faster," Bowlby admits. "But that wouldn't prove anything. To show how little fuel and tyre we need to do a 3m45 lap, that'll really demonstrate a piece of racing innovation."
What after Le Mans? "There are extraordinary opportunities," says Bowlby. "I hope the DeltaWing opens the rule book. If racing can start innovating again and efficiency becomes the driving factor, we'll be relevant again." Bowlby warms to his theme. "On this car, we've a device to measure the fuel-flow rate. Rather than control the amount of air an engine breathes by its capacity or boost pressure or carb size, why not make the limiting factor how much fuel we burn per second? Then you limit power in a way that makes efficiency key."