To limit the size of hybrid recovery systems
and the budgets required to develop them,
the ACO and FIA mandated that a maximum
500 kilojoules of energy may be transmitted
between two braking phases at Le Mans.
moving beyond le mans
The ALMS works to find a place for the radical Delta Wing
Even as it prepared for its debut at the
24 Hours of Le Mans, the Delta Wing
project worked to secure a future
stateside for its radical racer.
“We’d love to see the car race in our
series and believe it would be a huge
attraction,” said American Le Mans Series
founder – and Delta Wing managing
partner – Don Panoz, who hopes for a
rules framework where the Delta Wing
could run against either LMP1 or P2 cars.
“The trick will be to come up with a set
of rules where the cars are competitive,
without being overly dominant,” Panoz
added. “We want to see a range of cars
on the grid – it is certainly not our plan to
replace all the current prototypes, but to
supplement the competition.”
The Delta Wing was granted a special
entry for Le Mans, but does not meet
rules requirements for the FIA World
Endurance Championship, either. “We
would need to be invited as an
unclassified new technology car to
undertake any additional races on the
world stage,” noted Panoz.
Patronage of the
Delta Wing is
another example of
Dr. Don Panoz’s
car projects, such
as the Panoz
roadsters from the
early years of the
ALMS that he
founded in 1999.
DEMPSEY’S RACE ANATOMY
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Actors trying their hands at racing may
be nothing new, but few have shown the
multi-faceted commitment of driver and
team owner Patrick Dempsey.
“He’s a serious racer,” Foster – who was
Dempsey’s instructor at the Panoz Racing
Next year, Dempsey plans to expand his
racing footprint further, taking his P2 team
to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.