World Endurance Championship

Delta Wing car

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  • #188176

    A little glimpse of the DeltaWing on-track:

    #188177

    Nissan will provide the engine:

    A race-prepared 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, featuring direct petrol injection and a turbocharger, will power Nissan DeltaWing, which is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer.

    http://www.highcroftracing.com/news/2012/3/13/nissan-to-power-deltawing.html

    #188178
    Victor_RO
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    Rumours say it’s actually the WTCC engine that RML run in their cars. It’s badged by Chevy there, but it’s entirely RML-built and can be badged by other OEMs for other uses.

    #188179
    Victor_RO
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3wlQAvEfmeI

    Onboard video. It actually looks really fast in fast corners. Also, interestingly, it’s a sequential shift with a stick and NOT paddles.

    #188180
    john
    Participant

    How do you think its going go at le mans? Thats what I want to know.

    #188181
    George
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    As you say Victor, looks ok in the fast corners but he was making a lot of corrections in slow ones, then again the track seemed pretty damn bumpy. Reliability will probably be the main issue being a new car, speed-wise I’d expect it to be slower than LMP2.

    #188182
    kosmic164
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    Did look like a very bumpy circuit they are hoping for it to betweeen lmp1 and 2 according to the article on autosport
    “The aim of the lightweight car is to achieve a level of performance between an LMP1 and P2 car with 300bhp, almost half the power output of a P1 car. The target weight for the DeltaWing is 475kg, which compares with the 900kg minimum of P1 and P2 machinery.”

    #188183
    Skett
    Participant

    It can’t just be me that thinks those videos look sped up right?

    #188184
    Adam Tate
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    The video looks legit to me, and mighty impressive! If it can make it through the race (Le Mans) with good reliability I can see it finishing near the tail end of LMP1, or atleast near the top LMP2 cars like they predict. The potential of a machine like this is massive however, get it well sorted before June and in a perfect race I think it could actually challenge the top petrol powered teams in LMP1, just behind the almighty TDI Audis.

    #188185
    Prisoner Monkeys
    Participant

    Erik Comas on the DeltaWing (which he helped develop):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs_wnHNbVCA&feature=player_embedded

    If the DeltaWing is a success, I wonder if it will change the Formula 1 teams’ minds about ground effects?

    #188186
    GeeMac
    Participant

    I just don’t know about this. I’m no engineer but I just don’t understand what the benefit of this layout is. I sat for about half an hour starting at a picture of it on track and I just don’t udnerstand how it can get around a corner with such a narrow front track.

    #188187
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    They explain the benefit – a reduced drag coefficient, and a lighter overall chassis, which means they can go the same distance as an LMP1 car using half the fuel.

    Does it really matter how the DeltaWing turns? It’s obviously doing so, and since no tears in the fabric of reality have appeared, it clearly hasn’t broken the laws of physics. You will probably find it has something to do with a) less mass over the front wheels, which would require less force to turn, and/or b) the use of ground effects under the car to generate more aerodynamic grip.

    #188188
    GeeMac
    Participant

    Fair enough, it’s easier to make sense of how it runs having seen it on track a bit.

    #188189
    Victor_RO
    Participant

    Reported laptimes from the car’s two days of testing at Sebring (after the race) put it at this moment somewhere in the middle of the LMP2 field on pace (1:52s-1:53s reported on consistent stints). Considering it’s the car’s first more serious run, I’d call that a good place to start from.

    #188190
    john
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    That sounds good, really looking forward to the race now!

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