BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE
Flagged by NASCAR
for C-pillar mods
what I asked it to. I couldn’t see it, but
going away, someone said it doesn’t look
so much like it steers…it slithers.”
Once he got up to speed, Gurney
experienced a sensation that was
familiar, yet unexpected.
“You look at it and it kind of looks like
a fantasy car; something unreal,” he
admitted. “But you get in and drive it,
Veteran Erik Comas takes his turn with the prototype Delta Wing, which he shared at the Buttonwillow shakedown with Marino Franchitti and Alex Gurney.
SLITHERING TOWARD LE MANS
The long-anticipated first test of the DeltaWing introduces
a new term for a racecar’s handling – and, yes, it turns
The question Delta Wing designer Ben Bowlby had been dying
to answer for nearly two years was provided definitively on
March 1: It turns.
With a core group from All American Racers, Delta Wing,
Highcroft Racing and Michelin present for the car’s on-track
debut at the Buttonwillow Raceway road course in Southern
California, Alex Gurney, son of racing legend and AAR owner
Dan Gurney, had the honor of turning the first laps in the
The radical 1,000-lb design not only
turned on its 58mm-wide front tires,
according to Gurney, but also gave its
onlookers the chance to add a new term
to the motor racing lexicon.
“When I got out of the car, the first
thing everybody wanted to know was
what it felt like to steer,” he said. “It was
crisp, it was sharp and it did exactly
and it does all the things you expect from
a racing car. The visuals of the car are
pretty disconnected from the driving
side. It turns, it brakes, it accelerates in a
normal way – which you probably don’t
expect at first sight.”
Gurney was joined by Marino
Franchitti and Erik Comas for the
two-day test, which saw occasional
delays when teething problems with the
Delta Wing’s transmission intervened.
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