New DeltaWing Coupe wows at Sebring


New DeltaWing Coupe wows at Sebring

Not content with stealing the limelight with its freshly liveried open-top DeltaWing race car, the team at DeltaWing chose the 12 Hours of Sebring to unveil their latest creation, the DeltaWing Coupe.

Wearing the same eye-catching chrome colour scheme as its roofless stablemate, the DeltaWing Coupe was shown - albeit as a static display only - throughout the race weekend.

Designed to comply with 2014 LMP1 regulations, the DeltaWing Coupe features a re-designed tub. The driver sits in the centre of a newly widened cockpit to aid both visibility and weight distribution.

It is expected to make its competition debut at Laguna Seca in May. Following the departure of Nissan from the DeltaWing project, the Coupe will get a new engine from Elan Motorsports Technologies.

While it is yet to be confirmed, it is likely to be the same 2.0-litre four cylinder motor from the open DeltaWing, which develops 340bhp and 474nm of torque.

The DeltaWing project started back in 2009. It's name is derived from its unusual shape: a narrow 0.6m front track with a more conventional 1.7m track at the rear. Underbody aerodynamic engineering does away with the need for fixed wings on the body and the shape allows for greater speeds without the need for greater engine power and associated increased fuel consumption.

The DeltaWing did not turn a wheel in anger until the 2012 Le Mans, where it received an invitation to occupy the 56th garage, which is reserved for experimental vehicles. A collision on the 75th lap forced the car's early retirement, but not before it posted a credible best lap time of 3:45.737.

Engine failure was to spell the end of the DeltaWing's 2013 Sebring campaign, with the car managing just two of 12 hours.