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
Get ready, here comes the science. Why, I ask Bowlby, doesn't it fall over? "It's all about the centre of gravity," he explains. The DeltaWing weighs just 475kg, with a bum-heavy 17.5:82.5 weight distribution. "The front of the car we consider to be a single wheel, so all the roll control occurs between the rear tyres, where the weight is. You need the centre of gravity between the wider space, or you'll end up with something like the Reliant Robin, which is horribly unstable."
The reason a Robin falls over isn't because it's a three-wheeler. It's because all its mass is over the single wheel rather than between the wider-spaced rears. In the DeltaWing, it's the other way round.