DeltaWing Development Highlights
Ben Bowlby begins investigating new IndyCar concepts in preparation for the new rules package scheduled for 2012.
Ben Bowlby creates the initial DeltaWing concept.
Ben Bowlby creates the initial DeltaWing concept
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.
IndyCar decides against selecting the DeltaWing as its new car for 2012.
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.
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.
Ben Bowlby initiates discussions with Dan Gurney regarding the concept and whether All American Racers could build the DeltaWing.
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.
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 Mans
The drawing office is established at All American Racers (AAR) in California.
Construction of the DeltaWing commences at AAR.
Michelin announced as first technical partner for the project.
Scale model wind tunnel testing begins at AAR.
Key suppliers including EMCO Gears (gearbox) and Performance Friction (brakes) are announced.
The DeltaWing’s first engine arrives at All American Racers.
The DeltaWing’s first engine arrives at All American Racers
The first Michelin tires for the DeltaWing arrive in the US.
The full-scale DeltaWing enters the WindShear wind tunnel in Charlotte, NC to correlate the computational fluid dynamics data with actual wind tunnel numbers.
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.
Nissan is announced as OEM technical partner for the DeltaWing-Project 56 assault on the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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.
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 tires
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.
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.
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.
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 exceeded
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.
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.
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 Seca
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.
The DeltaWing coupe, designed to 2014 FIA/ACO specifications that require closed cockpits on prototypes, tests for the first time.
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.
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 Championship
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.