We’re big fans of the DeltaWing, a race car that stands to change the way we approach racing for decades to come. With its unique design and emphasis on efficiency, the DeltaWing sacrifices nothing when it comes to power or speed. With the 2013 racing season soon to begin, the DeltaWing has gotten a few upgrades to help it prepare to compete, though their big corporate sponsor is calling it quits.
The changes begin with an engine swap, as the DeltaWing will now sport a 1.9 liter Mazda twin-turbo four-cylinder motor making 345 horsepower. Nissan is pulling out as the major backer of the DeltaWing experiment, though there was reportedly just a single Nissan piece on the whole car anyways. The new Mazda motor makes about 50 more horsepower, a big jump in this light car.
The open-roof design of the DeltaWing will be used at one more race, the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring. After that the DeltaWing will moved to a closed-roof setup, and there are plans for multiple DeltaWing racers to compete this year. Panoz appears to be the main sponsor now, as Dan Gurney’s AAR, designer Ben Bowlby, and perhaps even Michelin have joined Nissan in leaving the program.
Can the DeltaWing build on its debut year and influence the way race cars are designed for the coming decades? Or are sponsors fleeing the DeltaWing for a reason? We can’t wait to find out.