You thought the weird DeltaWing was gone, but the thing is very much alive, and in fact it’s being turned into a street car named, not desire, but Panoz DeltaWing GT. They unveiled a full-size concept of the road car at Road Atlanta along with a concept chassis of the racing version.
Both of these cars are of course design studies for the time being, but DeltaWing Racing Cars and Panoz are convinced this unique design has a lot to offer in terms of fuel and energy efficiency thanks to that signature narrow front track vehicle architecture. In simulations, the road car has achieved a drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd and fuel economy rating of 74 mpg highway and 57 mpg combined.
Another highlight of Panoz DeltaWing GT is that the unique architecture of this vehicle can accept virtually any current or future transverse engine powertrain, including all-electric or hybrid powertrains; today’s smaller and lighter high-efficiency gas, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. They have come up with a name for this capability: “green technology multi-tool.”
The racing project is being developed in parallel with the road car with the hope that they can begin the real-world testing of a DeltaWing GT race car concept prototype before this year ends. DeltaWing race and road car share many of the sub-assemblies like steering and suspension.