I’ve never been a big fan of car racing.
I love cars, I love power, and I love speed, so you might assume being a fan of auto racing would be a natural fit. But I don’t like it very much. I’m only remotely interested in looking at race cars if Danica Patrick is posing on one.
Something from the Chicago Auto Show captured my attention, though. The Delta Wing concept, pictured above, looks like a cross between an SR-71 and a land-speed world record chaser. And it could be the next car to hit the Indy Racing League.
Designed by a group of Indy execs, the Delta Wing concept weighs just over 1,000 pounds (including the driver), which is about half as much as the current IndyCar design. Plus, it has a 0.24 coefficient of drag. That is one slippery machine.
The combination allows the car to reach a top speed of 235 mph using a 300-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, instead of the 650-hp, 3.5-liter V8s currently in use.
Dan Partel, CEO of DeltaWing LLC, said,
Today marks a fundamental shift in how race fans and the general public will view all racing cars in the future; this is a game changer. This radical prototype takes open wheel racing to a new level from both an engineering standpoint and the overall spectator experience.
Now a racing league is speaking my language by developing an ultra-cool looking car that uses smaller, more efficient engines to produce staggering speed. This is a car I would be interested in seeing race.
The IRL is set to debut its new design in 2012, with an official announcement of what that design will be this summer. We’ll keep you posted.
Would a race car like the Delta Wing increase or decrease your interest in racing? I’d pick Indy over NASCAR any day!