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
And so the DeltaWing was born: a radical racer that ditched big wings and big spoilers in favour of low weight, low drag and low consumption. In 2010, Bowlby showed his design to the IndyCar chiefs, who rejected it as too radical.
Undeterred, Bowlby headed to the ACO - the governing body of the Le Mans 24 Hours - to convince them the DeltaWing was just the sort of car they should allow into the world's biggest endurance race. The ACO agreed and granted the DeltaWing the inaugural space in ‘Garage 56': a new spot in 2012 for experimental prototypes. All that remained was to find an engine, and, in late 2011, Nissan agreed to provide a 300bhp, direct-injection 1.6-litre turbo engine derived from that in the Juke and Qashqai.