DeltaWing Technology Group to design and build a DeltaWing® GT concept, expected to appear in 2015. Brian Willis, the newly appointed vice president, Engineering and Design, leads the project.
It will be designed to demonstrate that with far less horsepower than many of today’s best sports cars, a two-seat performance car based on the DeltaWing® architecture would deliver the same performance, yet with previously unimagined fuel economy and efficiency. Expected to appear in 2015, this new DeltaWing Racing Cars project is a major step toward a street-legal two-seat DeltaWing® sports car.
“This is an important point in the DeltaWing® project’s next phase,” said Don Panoz, DeltaWing Technology Group chairman and CEO. “We’ve been very busy leading up to this launch announcement, and we’ll remain quite busy coordinating the race car project’s many details.”
Brian Willis, DeltaWing Technologies’ newly appointed vice president, Engineering and Design, will lead this project. He also will lead a simultaneous and related project – development of two- and four-seat DeltaWing® road car prototypes for further development and real-world testing.
Willis is no stranger to Panoz and racing. His 27-year career includes stints as senior designer for Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd., director of engineering for Élan Technologies’ motorsports division, chief engineer for Panoz Motorsports, and technical director for Audi Sport Japan, winners of the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Team Goh Audi R8. Most recently, he was director of technical services for Multimatic Inc. in Canada.
This announcement does not impact the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team or its racing efforts with the DWC13 Coupe, which competes in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The DeltaWing® project’s roots are in racing, but the program has remained focused on its ‘raceway to driveway’ mission and has proven the architecture’s performance, efficiency and green technology through the original DeltaWing® Roadster and the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars DWC13 Coupe. The coupe competes with about half the weight and aerodynamic drag, half the horsepower, and half the fuel consumption while delivering the same performance.
The DeltaWing® design in the prototype roadster and coupe features a very narrow front track and conventional rear wheelbase. The result is a significant reduction in overall mass and weight coupled with an aerodynamic efficiency gain. The rear-engine layout and narrow track design provides a 30 percent/70 percent front-to-rear weight distribution, which allows engineers to use much smaller steering, braking, suspension, and other components up front to reduce overall mass and weight. Less mass and weight means less horsepower is needed to propel the vehicle, which in turn decreases fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits include reduced front tire and brake wear and less rolling resistance.
The DeltaWing Technology Group provides a wide range of design, engineering, manufacturing, and transportation technologies solutions and designs and builds race cars and exclusive luxury sports cars. The group includes DeltaWing Technologies Inc., DeltaWing Consortium, DeltaWing Manufacturing Co., DeltaWing Racing Cars, Panoz LLC, and an exclusive licensing agreement with Atlanta-based DHX Electric Machines Inc. for various transportation applications, all organized under four divisions: manufacturing, luxury automotive, electric and alternative-fuel transportation, and green automotive technology. DeltaWing Technology Group is based in Braselton, Ga.
Successful test at Road Atlanta readies team for demanding Sebring circuit
DeltaWing managing partner Don Panoz discusses the Daytona weekend
Dear DeltaWing Racing Cars Fans,
The Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team went to the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona with high hopes for a terrific showing. The DeltaWing® Coupe demonstrated impressive on-track performance and quick lap times.
Unfortunately, the race did not go as planned, and like you we are extremely disappointed with our final Rolex 24 result.
Along with the team, I greatly value each and every DeltaWing fan and treasure your loyalty, enthusiasm and support. With this in mind, I’d like to share what happened leading up to this year’s race.
EMCO Gears has been a trusted Panoz racing supplier, having supported many Panoz racing cars and Panoz teams over the years. This relationship factored into our decision to go with EMCO Gears to supply the DeltaWing Coupe’s transmission.
While the DWC-13 coupe race car proved to have competitive pace capped by a fourth place finish at Petit Le Mans, recurring gearbox issues compromised our results. We reached out to EMCO in June 2014 to order a new gearbox to remedy the issues and improve reliability.
The new gearbox was scheduled to be delivered to the team on November 15, 2014, which would give us ample time to test the new component.
We were disappointed when the due date came and passed and even more alarmed to learn our key EMCO Gears contact retired and the engineer assigned to this project left the company. EMCO Gears repeatedly adjusted the delivery date. Finally, the new gearbox was promised for delivery in time for The Roar Before the Rolex 24. In the end, it didn’t arrive until after The Roar, forcing the team to use the old EMCO gearbox at The Roar and to go into the race with an untested new component.
Unfortunately, there were still more issues with the gearbox during the practice sessions before the race. Through the resourcefulness and engineering talents of the team however, we managed a great qualifying performance, starting fifth from the inside third row. As everyone could see during the first hour of the race, DeltaWing was highly competitive, running as high as fourth. Ultimately, a final gearbox failure ended our Rolex 24 at Daytona efforts.
I personally want our fans to know we are a resilient and resourceful group of road racing professionals. We have immediately begun examining solutions and rest assured, we will work very hard over the coming weeks.
Once again, thank you so much for your continued support. Your passion is the fuel that continues to drive DeltaWing.