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Splash & Go writes:
"What is Everybody Looking At?"
Posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on June 19, 2013
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*Note: For some reason I was forced to remove an apostrophe from the title.

For better or worse, people have been talking about the DeltaWing for 3 years now. The theory behind the car seems noble: light weight, narrow front axle track, long wheelbase, and power-to-weight ratio consistent with contemporary racecars, combine to make a product that is cheap and challenging to drive. The only thing people really hate about the car is the appearance. Shallow as it may seem, the DeltaWing looks like the car driven by the Ambiguously Gay Duo.

Perhaps if the nose was broad, the front axle wider, and the rear axle narrower; then the car would look less like a sex toy. As trikes are not known for stability in corners, a modified version may be less prone to rollover too. No one wants to see 33 flying phalli at Indianapolis or Le Mans, but that doesn't mean the whole program was fruitless.

The DeltaWing may influence how future class formulae are drafted. The concept that a narrow, light weight, low downforce, and low mechanical grip car can be challenging to drive while demonstrating high fuel-efficiency is effectively proven! A race car shouldn't need to be shaped "that way" to meet these criteria.

IndyCar will probably stick with the DW12 until the end of the decade, and the ACO has already laid out the 2014 rules for LMP1. There is still a chance that another series will recognize the unorthodox philosophy behind the DeltaWing has potential, and will amend its rules to accommodate vehicles of similar ideas with different shapes.

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