While it probably proved TOO radical -- and I personally did not dig it -- there's no doubt in my mind that the DeltaWing proposal was the forerunner of the current approach. At least it gave everyone the idea for the current approach. Some will argue the ICONIC committee totally bogarted DWing's idea for opening up vast areas of the car to development.
I found DWing's Ben Bowlby and Bill Lafontaine easy to work with, responsive, quite cordial and willing to have an honest, respectful exchange of views. Racing could use more of that attitude.
DeltaWing RacingCars Comments on ICONIC Committee Decision on Next Generation IZOD IndyCar
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana ( July 15, 2010) – DeltaWing RacingCars, of Indianapolis, issued the following statement:
We wish to congratulate the ICONIC Committee and the IZOD IndyCar Series on their decision regarding the 2012 chassis strategy. However, we are extremely disappointed that they have decided to pursue a strategy that does not include the DeltaWing.
The DeltaWing concept was designed to provide a relevant solution to the environmental, economic and social realities that must be addressed by all premier status racing series. We proposed a revolutionary solution that met or exceeded all of the IndyCar Series criteria for the new car, resulting in a chassis with half the weight, half the drag, half the cost, half the horsepower and half the fuel consumption of the existing IndyCar. This was accomplished with a design that would provide more on-track excitement and performance on every circuit where the IZOD IndyCar Series competes and the potential for 235 mph or faster laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Our many partners and supporters have invested significant time, financial resources and effort into DeltaWing. We want to thank them for their commitment, courage and vision for the future. We have initiated the process of reviewing options for DeltaWing which we will present to our investors, industrial partners and governmental advisors. We will announce our plans for the DeltaWing in the near future.
Visit www.deltawingracing.com for additional information.