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
Bowlby is clearly delighted to have the backing of a major marque. "Nissan were courageous enough to say, ‘You know what? We don't see why this wouldn't work. We've got an engine for you. We'll challenge the establishment. Let's do it...'"
Which brings us to Sebring, less than three months before Le Mans. TopGear has gained exclusive access to one of the DeltaWing's test sessions and Marino Franchitti - brother of Dario and one of the team's drivers for Le Mans - is at the wheel. At least, occasionally. Between the baking Florida sun and the fissured Sebring concrete, many things are going bang, pop or leak. Clutch plates are shattering, seals are breaking: it's a testing session in the most literal sense.