DELTAWING FOR 2012 LE MANS 24 HOUR MEDIA KIT ENGLISH ome of the biggest names in American motorsport have joined forces for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans to showcase a unique concept demonstrating extreme performance with half the weight and horsepower of a traditional racing car. The Project 56 group brings together the design talents of DeltaWing Racing Cars LLC; the manufacturing capabilities of All American Racers - the company owned by 1967 Le Mans winner and American racing legend Dan Gurney; and back-to-back American Le Mans Series championship winning racing team, Highcroft Racing. American Le Mans Series founder Dr. Don Panoz has also joined the project as a key advisor. The group has received an competitive performance with only The DeltaWing selection was invitation from Le Mans 24 Hour race half the horsepower of the outright revealed today at the ACO’s annual organizers, the Automobile Club de contenders. It does this through press conference coinciding with this“We’re talking l’Ouest to contest the 2012 race as an halving the amount of aerodynamic weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans event.about a completely additional 56th entry. drag of traditional racing cars as well Construction of the new machinedifferent idea – a The 56th place on the grid as a similar reduction in weight. will begin next month at Gurney’scar that goes the is reserved for a technologically The Project 56 group is in California facility.same speed with innovative car to participate “outside discussion with engine partners to The Highcroft Racing team willhalf the weight, half the classifications” – a vehicle provide a 1.6-liter turbocharged begin track testing of the new carthe drag, half the showcasing new applications and power plant for the project – later this year. unique technologies previously unseen producing approximately 300 The 24 Hours of Le Mans is thepower, and half the in the world’s greatest endurance race. horsepower. world’s oldest and most famousfuel consumption. While racing cars have The car will be unlike any endurance race. First held in 1923,It’s more efficient, traditionally strived for increased previously seen at the 24 Hours of Le the event has attracted the world’smore relevant, and performance through gains in Mans. The car features a slender nose finest automotive manufacturers andmore cost effective horsepower and aerodynamic with extremely narrow front track – drivers.for the teams to downforce, the DeltaWing concept minimizing the horsepower required Highcroft contested the race for concentrates on exploiting to push the car to speeds of 200mph the first time in 2010 while Gurneyrun.” efficiency gains found outside around the 8.5 mile circuit. won the race in 1967 aboard a contemporary regulations to Eliminating the use of traditional Ford GT40 with AJ Foyt – famouslyBEN BOWLBY reduce fuel consumption without wings, downforce for the DeltaWing spraying champagne on the podium• DELTAWING reducing performance. The new is generated solely beneath the car by for the first time to kick start a now DESIGNER and experimental car is targeting the contoured underbody. world-renowned tradition.
DELTAWING SPECIFICATIONS TECH TALKWeight: 475kgHorsepower: 300 BHPWheelbase: 2.9 mAero drag: Cd 0.24Front track: 0.6mRear track: 1.7mLength: 4.65mWidth: 2.00mHeight: 1.03mBrakes: Carbon pads & discsFuel capacity: 40 litersChassis: lightweight compositeFront tire: 4.0/23.0 R15Rear tire: 12.5/24.5 R15Weight distribution:Front: 27.5%Rear: 72.5% KEY TECHNICAL FEATURES • Engine and transmission are “non-stressed members” in the chassis structural design which allows the installation of a wide variety of lightweight powertrains.“The DeltaWing • The car will likely feature a 4 cylinder 1600cc liquidconcept has intercooled turbocharged engine that will produceenormous potential approximately 300 horsepower at 8,000 rpm andand we are thrilled weigh 70kg.and delighted to • Unique amongst today’s racing cars, more thanhave the opportunity • Transmission is a 5 speed plus reverse longitudinal 50% of the vehicle’s braking force is generated design with electrical sequential paddle shift behind the center of gravity giving a dynamicallyto showcase its actuation. stable response.possibilities atthe most famous • The differential features an efficient variable torque • Locking propensity of the un-laden front wheel atendurance race in steer/differential speed-controlled planetary final corner entry is greatly reduced due to virtually nothe world. The drive reduction layout with the entire transmission lateral load transfer with the narrow front track/efficiencies that this weighing only 33kg. wide rear track layout, steered wheel “scrub drag” moment is virtually zero greatly increasing tirecar demonstrates is • Vehicle weight distribution is necessarily more utilization and reducing mid turn understeer.really what the 24 rearward than traditionally seen with 72.5% of theHours of Le Mans is mass between the wide track larger rear tires. • Advanced computer modeling of structures,all about.” impact energy management, aerodynamics, vehicle • 76% of the aerodynamic downforce acts on the dynamics and tires has been used to develop the rear of the car which has a lift to drag ratio of >5.0. DeltaWing design.DUNCAN DAYTON• OWNER, • Rear wheel drive coupled with the rearward weight • Driver position, restraint layout and energy HIGHCROFT and aerodynamic distributions greatly enhances absorbing structures designed to meet the latest RACING inline acceleration capability. occupant survival criteria.
“To achieve the dramaticallyreduced carbon footprint we have the regulations is invited to participate to showcase an even greater diversity BENlooked at ways to reduce weight anddrag, as well as the total number of of automotive engineering concepts. “The 56th entry is really a golden BOWLBY DeltaWing Racing Carscomponents required to build the car. opportunity for us because it gives us • Former chief designer at Lola “The car has a three-point layout the chance to make a step change and Carswith the narrow front and wide rear “race” a car that doesn’t comply with • During his time at Lola, hetrack – as opposed to the rectangular the existing rule book. designed Champ Cars, Europeanlayout of contemporary racing cars. “We really have to applaud the and Nippon F3000, SR1, SR2, “We need much less chassis ACO for having the foresight to create LMP 675 sports cars and BTCCtorsional stiffness for handling this opportunity for an entry like ours. “We can use light, tough touring carsperformance so we don’t need to use We believe this is a true automotive and energy absorbing • Joined Chip Ganassi Racing assuch stiff and brittle materials in the innovation which could be the catalyst materials instead” Technical Director in 2003chassis. We can use light, tough and for changing the way people look • Commenced the DeltaWingenergy absorbing materials instead. the fact the ACO decided to create the at not only racing car design, but concept in January 2009 “What is particularly impressive is 56th entry where a car that is outside automotive design as a whole.” “To take a car like this with atotally innovative design to Le Mans platform for them to market and prove their capabilities. DUNCANand run before a worldwide televisionaudience of more than 600 million “In my opinion, it has the potential to be one of the most significant DAYTON Highcroft Racingpeople is an incredible story. developments in motor racing in 50 • Back-to-back ALMS Champions, “This will be the first legitimate test years. It is so new and exciting, and 2009 & 2010with 55 other cars on the track – it will such an interesting departure from the • Former factory team for Hondabe a huge challenge but one that we traditional race car development path – Performance Developmentare looking forward to. it is highly relevant to the future. • Has built a proven sports car “The project represents a unique “Given that the world is development team with world-opportunity for all automotive industry concentrating on efficiency and green class experiencesectors; the OEMs and suppliers, technologies in an attempt to achieve “This represents a • Highly-respected historicwhether it be engines, drivetrains, sustainability, this project in my opinion unique opportunity for competitor – a record 10-timelubricant and fuel companies, tire will help promote the direction that is all automotive industry winner at the bi-annual Monacomanufactures – it is such an innovative being adopted throughout the entire sectors” historic eventconcept that it provides an incredible automotive industry.” “The combination of proven items that make up the character and “I didn’t hesitate for a moment – my response was absolutely yes. DAN capabilities of the DeltaWing car make it an extremely exciting project. “I have a lot of curiosity and when I first discussed this car with Ben GURNEY All American Racers “It weighs half as much current Bowlby I listened closely and tried to • 1967 Le Mans winner cars, it burns half as much fuel, uses shoot holes in what he was saying but I • Four F1 victories, including 1967 much less tire and goes the same quickly found I wasn’t able to. I believe Belgian GP in his own Eagle speed because of the exceptional the targets and predictions are valid. Gurney-Weslake V-12, designed aerodynamics and low drag. “It has been a long time since I & built by AAR, plus three non- “Almost every aspect of the car have been to Le Mans – in fact, the last Championship events is really basic engineering but the time I was there for the race I won with • His team won 78 races, combination of the total package AJ Foyt in the Ford GT40. (including the Indy 500, Sebring should be astoundingly good. “Once again the French are “The combination of the twice, Daytona 24) and eight “After looking at the project and leading the global charge for efficient total package should be Championships, all with Eagles the technical aspects of the car I was automobiles as they have done so often astoundingly good” designed and built at AAR asked would we like to build it. in the past.” “I am extremely proud of theprogress that the ACO and the ALMS it is one of the most important technical innovations and philosophies displayed DONhave made in showcasing sportscarracing as the global leader in green in the sport for many years. “I am also thrilled that the PANOZ ALMS Founderracing. The ACO has proven itself to be bodywork of the DeltaWing car will • Founded the American Le Mansa leader in encouraging manufacturers utilize R.E.A.M.S. - Recycle Energy Series in 1999to investigate new technologies to tackle Absorbing Matrix System – the same • The Panoz marque hasthe world’s greatest endurance race. system debuted on the Panoz Abruzzi won multiple races and “Their decision to encourage earlier this year at Sebring. championships in the LMP1this forward thinking through the “This is a multi-layer composite class and took the GT class wincreation of “Garage 56” has been system that is lighter than carbon fiber, at the 2006 24 Hours of Lethe inspiration and catalyst to bring equally strong and can be recycled. Mans.together some of the biggest names in “This entire project is incredibly “I am delighted to play • Founder Elan MotorsportUS motorsport. exciting and I am sure the fans will be a role in bringing this Technologies - 3-time Indy 500 “I am delighted to play a role in eagerly awaiting the chance to see the project to life” winnerbringing this project to life as I believe car in action at Le Mans in 2012.”
“In 2010 the ACO Sporting Committee decided to create the garage #56 to promote new technologies. Whenthe ACO Management met the representative of the Delta Wing project everybody thought immediately that it wouldbe a high quality project for Le Mans Experimental entry in 2012. “The interest of this project is based on the optimization of all factors that have an impact of global energyconsumption and efficiency of the car : weight, power, drag. “The ACO want to give the opportunity to evaluate each technology, and this project shows that ahead ofhybrid, bio fuel or electric technology - we can explore other ways to improve efficiency.”VINCENT BEAUMESNILDirecteur Sports - Automobile Club L‘Ouest « En 2010, le Comité sportif de l’ACO a décidé de créer le “garage n°56” pour promouvoir les nouvellestechnologies. Lorsque le management de l’ACO a rencontré les représentants du projet Delta Wing à Petit Le Mans,tout le monde a pensé que ce serait un très bon projet pour une invitation Le Mans Experimental en 2012. L’intérêt de ce projet est basé sur l’optimisation de tous les facteurs impactant la consommation d’énergie ausens gloabal et l’efficacité de la voiture : poids, puissance, traînée aéro. L’ACO veut donner l’opportunité d’évaluer chaque technologie, et ce projet démontre qu’au-delà de l’hybride, dubio-carburant ou de la technologie électrique, on peut explorer d’autres voies pour améliorer l’efficacité. »
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