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Are you ready to drive a DeltaWing-shaped car as your daily driver?
DeltaWing Technologies Inc. revealed how its DeltaWing architecture, currently competing as a Nissan in IMSA sports car road races in the form of the DeltaWing race car, could look as a street-legal, four-passenger car.
The company stated the DeltaWing shape is a true form-follows-function design that can significantly reduce aerodynamic drag to help increase fuel efficiency. Another attribute of the shape is considerably less overall mass. When combined with light-yet-strong materials such as lightweight steel, aluminum and advanced composite materials, the result is a car that can deliver any given performance level with significantly reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional automobiles.
Intended as a solution for manufacturers facing more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, DeltaWing Technologies explained the platform offers efficiency benefits whether using new generation smaller and lighter high efficiency gas or diesel powertrains, alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG), or hybrid and all-electric powerplants.
DeltaWing Technologies Inc. added it intends to partner with mass-market auto companies that share its vision rather than manufacture independently.
Why such a shape?
The company explained the narrow-track front wheelbase incorporates smaller width tires while the rear-engine design places the center of gravity far to the rear. That results in significantly less weight on the front axles, reducing rolling resistance and further increasing efficiency.
“Many of the aerodynamic, lightweight and handling benefits of the race car can translate to the street,” said Don Panoz, chairman of DeltaWing Technologies Inc. “We are competing at the highest levels of road racing with half the weight, half the horsepower, and nearly half of the fuel consumption. We believe we can deliver similar results on the street without compromising safety, comfort and performance. We have a formula that’s highly efficient and still fun to drive.”
Panoz also said the DeltaWing race car proves teams do not have to rely heavily on horsepower to be competitive.
The four cornerstones of the DeltaWing approach, as stated by the company, are reduced weight, increased powertrain efficiency, decreased energy consumption, and improved aerodynamics. DeltaWing Technologies said its vehicle architecture is 35 percent lighter, requires 35 percent less horsepower, and consumes 35 percent less fuel than a conventional car. The current performance targets are 0-60 mph in about six seconds, 130 mph top test-track speed, and up to 70 mpg when using a small displacement, four-cylinder engine producing between 85 and 110 horsepower.
“While we certainly have the capabilities and decades of auto manufacturing experience through our affiliates Panoz LLC and Élan Motorsports Technologies, the DeltaWing deserves the higher volume that an OEM can provide to truly have a beneficial impact on the future and the environment,” said Al Speyer, DeltaWing Technologies president and COO.