It's really getting quite tiring. The Deltawing was not developed by Nissan and it was not originally designed to compete in LMP1. It was a proposal for IndyCar and intended to facilitate cheaper, closer, and safer racing. Half the weight, half the engine power, but similar speeds thanks to massively reduced drag. Less tire usage, less fuel consumption, the same racing for just much less money. The project was revived by Nissan for LeMans and from then on you can call it a marketing ploy all you like, but at that point, the design was already there.
But fine, whatever. You don't have to like it. It's horrible and a waste of everything and we should rather have more entries like the GreenGT, that at least made for some pretty cool CG pics with its completely revolutionary technology. Just remember to bump this thread every few months to tell everyone about it. I'm out.
One of the requirements for the indy car tender was also a modern, different look. Hence the rather toy like DW-12 and proposal's by Swift.
Are you telling me, the Delta wing is the best way to achieve the half power, half drag formula that Indy wanted? And safer racing?! Safer racing?!
Who else on here believes the shape of the delta wing is probably more a hindrance on a high speed oval than the concept we have now? Importance of racing is knowing the spacial limits of the car. In Indy that is defined by the whereabouts of the wheels. I would not trust anyone racing wheel to wheel in that thing at 200mph on an oval. Would you? Hell imagine it racing around Baltimore...
I assure you, ask anyone and to achieve the less power, less drag, and therefore less fuel you can use a conventional set up and be even quicker, and more efficient.
The original design was an eye catching ploy to lure sponsors and support.
It is NOT a racing machine by any means. It never was, it never will be.
I support the straight-line speed run fully but it is not a racer, despite the original claims..