Catherine Crawford, lead engineer for Panoz DeltaWing Racing, will join Edgar Farrera from Circuit of the Americas and Mazda driver Joel Miller on Tuesday, March 15 at 12.30 pm to discuss how auto racing fuels innovation in road cars. This new panel discussion is part of a growing slate of automotive topics and speakers at the 2016 SxSW Interactive mega-conference featuring some of the brightest minds in emerging technologies from around the world.
Crawford joined Panoz DeltaWing Racing at the beginning of 2015 and has been instrumental in the development of the radically innovative DeltaWing coupe and its recent performance gains demonstrated at the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Piloted by Katherine Legge, the car went from P13 to P1 in the first hour of the race.
DeltaWing Technologies, Inc. is developing a road car featuring the proven DeltaWingÒ vehicle design. Like the race car, the street-legal DeltaWing will have about half the weight, aerodynamic drag and horsepower with significantly less fuel consumption, yet deliver the same performance as its competitors. The car can also use a variety of powerplants, such as electric or hybrid systems or small and light high-efficiency gas, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.
Panoz DeltaWing Racing and the DeltaWing Coupe will compete at this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. FOX Sports 1 will start the live coverage of the race from 10.30 am ET with the whole race covered on FOX Sports GO for U.S. fans and IMSA.com for International fans.
“I’m very much looking forward to participating on the panel at SxSW and discussing how auto racing fuels innovation in road cars. Technology is increasingly important in the transportation industry and my personal belief is that there is no better platform than the race track to test and develop technologies. However, it does require that teams and manufacturers be brave and try new things and that is why I particularly love working with Panoz DeltaWing Racing. They challenge the norm, and the great strides we’ve made recently shows the success you can have developing technology and being innovative.”