Here’s something interesting that they’re not talking about at the New York Auto Show. The people behind the Delta Wing race car are deep into the design and engineering phase of a two and four seat road-going version of the weirdly awesome Delta Wing race car. According to a television interview with Panoz, he said that they are “95%” complete with the design phase and lining up vendors for stuff like glass and other components of the car. The goal is to build something that gets 70mpg and takes advantage of all the benefits of the Delta Wing design in terms of aerodynamics, stability, etc. When asked how closely the street cars will resemble the race cars, the interviewer was told that while there would certainly be changes, it would retain the needle nose design of the race car, so now we’re trying to visualize exactly what one of these things will look like and we’re seeing a pregnant version of the racer.
The Delta Wing as a race car has not been a winner but it has been a solid proof of concept for the design as the car is capable of turning lap times within striking distance of the leading machines and it uses far less fuel and relies on far less horsepower to achieve virtually the same speeds as the current leading crop of sports cars it is competing against. The critics who claimed that the car would be unstable and prone to flight at speed have been proven wrong and the Delta Wing stands as the most out of the box and bold race car design of the last 50 years at least.
As you would expect out of the Panoz and Delta Wing operations, these will be expensive and limited production cars. It would be foolhardy to believe anything different as trying to mass market what will surely be one of the weirder (to us, in a cool way) looking new cars ever produced would be a complete disaster. Panoz talks about positioning the two seater GT model of the road going Delta Wing against cars like the Aston Martin and others, saying that it is 35% lighter and therefore requires 35% less horsepower and 35% less fuel to keep pace with those type cars.
If this ever sees the light of day and we hope that it does, it will be riotous to see what the general public’s reaction is because such a small percentage of people even know that the Delta Wing race car exists so when they see a street version they are going to think aliens have landed and are selling their space ships. Seriously, we bet if you polled 100 hot rodders RIGHT NOW and asked them what the Delta Wing was they’d tell you it was some model of faucet. The one thing that Panoz and the Delta Wing organization have going for them will be the bomb-like impact of the car when renderings and photos are released. Good, bad, or otherwise people are going to freak.
We’ve got a link to the video interview with Panoz below, hit the link and hear the latest on what’s up with the Delta Wing and Panoz cars –