DeltaWing Entering GT, Eyeing Future Showroom Debut

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
deltawing entering gt eyeing future showroom debut

Coming soon to a track near you, DeltaWing will bring its signature design to the GT class, and eyes set on the showroom down the road.

The latest racing variant is expected to demonstrate on the track “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.”

The GT will, like the DWC13 Coupe campaigned by DeltaWing Racing Cars, be a coupe using weight distribution to its advantage, thanks to its narrow nose and wide backside putting 30 percent up front, the rest in back. The project won’t interfere with the team and its efforts in IMSA’s TUDOR series.

Meanwhile, that same basic design forms the basis for two- and four-passenger prototypes that could lead to a road-legal version of the DeltaWing. Preliminary data suggests the design would net “an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg Highway and over 57 mpg combined rating,” adding that if one could buy a DeltaWing from the showroom today, they would have a vehicle that was not only the most fuel efficient conventionally powered vehicle in the United States, but would also meet the 2025 54.5 mpg standard. The ratings are for a DeltaWing powered by a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter engine placed in the four-passenger variant.

Aside from traditional ICEs, the company says the prototype could be fitted with hybrid, diesel, CNG, hydrogen and electric power, with results ranging from better range for diesel, EV and FCV versions, to a 42 percent reduction in emissions for gasoline models.

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  • ClutchCarGo ClutchCarGo on Mar 23, 2015

    It's hard to believe that any consumer vehicle built off of this platform would perform adequately on front impact crash tests, especially the offset crash.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 23, 2015

      What would be a 'narrow offset' for any other car would be a near-miss with this. If the body shape is 'slippery' enough, such a collision would definitely move this car to the side but could well eliminate the 'hook and twist' effect of such conventional vehicles. It would likely peel off the rear wheel and leave the car burning off energy much more slowly in a slide; saving the passengers from the high-G deceleration with associated high-G sideways velocities which tend to cause more injuries than full-frontal ones. Take another look at how racecars are built. They're meant to peel off energy by peeling off pieces in a high-energy crash. Now look at how all our street cars are built--to absorb that energy rather than deflecting it. Which is really safer, a 200+ G deceleration from 65 to 0 in milliseconds or a 40-G deceleration that takes 5 seconds or more?

  • Carlson Fan I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.
  • Wjtinfwb Panther Black? or Black Panther? Shaped like a decade old Ford detectives sedan? Seems like an odd way to send out your marquee car...
  • Kwik_Shift Instead of blacked, how about chromed? Don't follow the herd.
  • Carlson Fan Nicest looking dash/gage cluster ever put in any PU truck. After all these years it still looks so good.
  • Wheatridger Correct me if I'm wrong, but has the widescreen digital dash usurped the space formerly occupied in every other car by an HVAC vent? I see one prominent vent well right of center, where there should be two. I rely on twin driver's side vents to warm my hands on cold mornings, and I wouldn't give that up for more screen area.