Newly Motorized DeltaWing Ready To Race

The DeltaWing Racing Car is returning to racing this year and will spend its first full racing season in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

The concept race car will make its inaugural appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the American Le Mans Monterey race weekend May 9 to 11.

The open-top DeltaWing premiered in 2012 at two races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October, where it finished in fifth place overall.

The race car appears this year wearing new colors.

This year, the DeltaWing has made some improvements that the race team believes will allow it to be a leading contender in the series top class, P1. The car now features an Élan 1.9-liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine, new tire partner, Bridgestone, and is piloted by drivers Andy Meyrick (Cheshire, England) and Olivier Pla (Toulouse, France).

“When you consider the performance of this car, it is the performance of a hybrid, but it doesn’t need batteries and an electric motor,” said Don Panoz, managing partner, DeltaWing Racing Cars and the founder of the ALMS. “It’s all based on aerodynamics. It’s certainly very green; it’s half the weight, half the fuel, half the tire wear, half the horsepower yet the same performance.”

The main race of the weekend, in which the DeltaWing will compete, is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m.. The race will last four hours and will take drivers from daylight into dusk.

“It will be a real treat for fans to see this radically-designed vehicle attack such a technical track,” said Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “I think The Corkscrew turn will prove to be a very interesting test for the DeltaWing.”