DeltaWing Getting Weirder as Chromed Coupe
Left by Nissan earlier this year, Don Panoz and AAR have already worked on DeltaWing's track comeback with an Elan Motorsports Technologies-developed engine. As announced last month, the vehicle received an important design update as well, gaining a hard top and becoming an enclosed prototype racer.
Apparently, the new roof was mounted for safety purposes, but also to allow the driving position to be moved to the center of the cockpit.
"The coupe should be a no-brainer for safety," said Elan engineer Simon Marshall. "It’s just to remove the possibility of the driver’s head being struck by anything. If the car is upside down, there’s more of a controlled space. We’ve elected to put the driver in the middle as another way of differentiating this coupe from other ones. It’s best for us to put the driver in the middle to protect them. It’s going to be good for visibility as well."
Known for its all-black Nissan sponsored livery, the DeltaWing now comes with a new chromed paint job that enhances the vehicle's UFO-ish look. The new DeltaWing version will be displayed at the Sebring International Raceway. The car will be raced by drivers Andy Meyrick and Olivier Pla, but there's no word about the venue that will mark its debut, yet.