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DeltaWing Development Highlights

August 2008 

Ben Bowlby begins investigating new IndyCar concepts in preparation for the new rules package scheduled for 2012.

December 2008

Ben Bowlby creates the initial DeltaWing concept.

Ben Bowlby creates the initial DeltaWing conceptBen Bowlby creates the initial DeltaWing concept

February 2010

The DeltaWing is unveiled for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show. In IndyCar form, it represents a revolutionary new design to replace the Dallara chassis which has been used since 2003.

July 2010

IndyCar decides against selecting the DeltaWing as its new car for 2012.

September 2010

Ben Bowlby meets with American Le Mans Series officials, including the man who would go on to become the DeltaWing-Project 56 Managing Partner, Don Panoz.

October 2010

Ben Bowlby has his first meeting with 24 Hours of Le Mans organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest including club president, Jean-Claude Plassart.

November 2010

Ben Bowlby initiates discussions with Dan Gurney regarding the concept and whether All American Racers could build the DeltaWing.

April 2011

Ben Bowlby gauges the interest of Highcroft Racing’s Duncan Dayton at the Long Beach Grand Prix IndyCar/ALMS weekend regarding becoming the entrant for the DeltaWing.

June 2011

The DeltaWing is confirmed as the recipient of “Garage 56” for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The DeltaWing is confirmed as the recipient of "Garage 56" for the 2012 24 Hours of Le MansThe DeltaWing is confirmed as the recipient of “Garage 56” for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

July 2011

The drawing office is established at All American Racers (AAR) in California.

September 2011

Construction of the DeltaWing commences at AAR.

September 2011

Michelin announced as first technical partner for the project.

October 2011

Scale model wind tunnel testing begins at AAR.

November 2011

Key suppliers including EMCO Gears (gearbox) and Performance Friction (brakes) are announced.

January 2012

The DeltaWing’s first engine arrives at All American Racers.

The DeltaWing's first engine arrives at All American RacersThe DeltaWing’s first engine arrives at All American Racers

February 2012

The first Michelin tires for the DeltaWing arrive in the US.

February 2012

The full-scale DeltaWing enters the WindShear wind tunnel in Charlotte, NC to correlate the computational fluid dynamics data with actual wind tunnel numbers.

March 2012

Alex Gurney, son of DeltaWing constructor Dan Gurney becomes the first driver to test the car at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Gurney is joined by Marino Franchitti at the debut test.

March 2012

Nissan is announced as OEM technical partner for the DeltaWing-Project 56 assault on the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

March 2012

The Nissan DeltaWing makes its public debut with demonstration runs at the 60th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship seasons.

June 2012

The Nissan DeltaWing completes the Le Mans Test Day on a single set of tires, needing only to switch to wet weather tires for one rainy lap.

The Nissan DeltaWing completes the Le Mans Test Day on a single set of tiresThe Nissan DeltaWing completes the Le Mans Test Day on a single set of tires

June 2012

The Nissan DeltaWing makes its race debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Project 56. After running strongly for six hours and 15 minutes, the car is pushed off the road by a Toyota prototype. Driver Satoshi Motoyama gains adoration of fans and onlookers alike as he tries to repair the car, but it was not enough for the car to avoid retirement.

September 2012

Nissan DeltaWing is confirmed for its North American race debut at the Petit Le Mans, the final round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series season.

October 2012

Petit Le Mans does not begin as planned, when a Porsche Cup car collides with the Nissan DeltaWing and pitches it into a barrel roll. The crew works overnight to make repairs and get the car running once again.

October 2012

With drivers Gunnar Jeannette and Lucas Ordonez, the Nissan DeltaWing finishes a remarkable fifth place overall after starting last in the 42-car field at Petit Le Mans. The original goal – simply to finish – was far exceeded.

The original goal - simply to finish - was far exceededThe original goal – simply to finish – was far exceeded

March 2013

DeltaWing Racing Cars confirms its participation in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, its first race in the premier LMP1 category. Drivers for Sebring are announced as Olivier Pla and Andy Meyrick. Bridgestone is confirmed as the new tire partner and the car will race with a striking new chrome livery.

March 2013

With limited pre-race testing, the DeltaWing team steadily improves as the week progresses, but mechanical gremlins strike during hour two of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. The team focuses on the progress made and the excellent feedback from drivers Pla and Meyrick.

May 2013

After a solid test at Road Atlanta, veteran racer Katherine Legge joins the DeltaWing team in time for the four-hour American Le Mans Monterey event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Meyrick becomes the first driver to pilot the DeltaWing in two races and combines with Legge for the team’s first podium finish.

Veteran racer Katherine Legge joins the DeltaWing team in time for the four-hour American Le Mans Monterey event at Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaVeteran racer Katherine Legge joins the DeltaWing team in time for the four-hour American Le Mans Monterey event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

August 2013

In the rain at Road America, the DeltaWing sees its first race lead. Legge and Meyrick each lead the Orion Energy Systems 245 for eight laps, with Legge becoming the first female driver to lead an ALMS race.

August 2013

The DeltaWing coupe, designed to 2014 FIA/ACO specifications that require closed cockpits on prototypes, tests for the first time.

September 2013

The DeltaWing coupe sees its first action at Circuit of the Americas. The car, with its emphasis on sustainability, is embraced by media and fans alike in the city of Austin.

October 2013

The team finishes its first season on the podium, completing 209 of 394 laps in the 10-hour, 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans – a fitting tribute to Managing Partner Don Panoz, who created the event. The race marks the end of the American Le Mans Series and the beginning of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

The race marks the end of the American Le Mans Series and the beginning of the Tudor United SportsCar ChampionshipThe race marks the end of the American Le Mans Series and the beginning of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship

January 2014

A new era begins: The DeltaWing Racing Cars team joins former Grand-Am and ALMS participants in the 24 Hours at Daytona, the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event. In its first 24 hour race, the DeltaWing coupe logs 288 laps and 1035 miles in its longest stint to date.

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