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21st October 2012, 8:34 at 8:34 am #212906
Dropped back a bit through pit stops and caution periods but still managed to finish 6th overall. They were then promoted to 5th post race after a p2 car was disqualified. All in all a brilliant result for Nissan, Highcroft, and Ben Bowlby. Good to see another great performance from Ordonez as well, proving that playing computer games isn’t always a complete waste of time!20th October 2012, 20:58 at 8:58 pm #212905
Currently running in P4 after a pitstop. One lap down on p3 and running very strongly. 4th would hugely exceed anyone’s expectations, but a podium would really blow the roof off.
Still, plenty of laps left, anything could happen.19th October 2012, 14:37 at 2:37 pm #212901
Looks like they’ve managed to repair it so there should be no problems with it running at PLM18th October 2012, 9:49 at 9:49 am #212897
They’re reporting that the Porsche driver basically got out on the kerb under full throttle and was going into a spin when it hit the DW. The impact was recorded as having a force of 7G on the little prototype, so it was definitely no small nudge!
I don’t think there’s anything there really to suggest that there’s a stability issue with the design. it was hit from the side with 7G of force while turning a corner. It was also going over a crest at the time, where the tendency is for the car to go light anyway. This combination of factors will have caused the roll. But I don’t think there’s anything there that wouldn’t have happened had the DW been a conventional prototype. If anything, it seemed to stay close to the ground where a rectangular footprint prototype would likely have launched higher into the air. The only real concern is the head protection, but since the driver walked away unharmed it’s hard to argue that it’s inadequate.18th October 2012, 9:36 at 9:36 am #212895
It does look horrible, and there probably is an argument for a closed cockpit there. But the rollover protection did do its job regardless and the driver walked away.
If there’s one issue with the DeltaWing I think it’s the fact it’s not that easy to see. The stealth look may look cool but I do wonder whether it would be a bit more visible if it was white. Maybe it also needs some kind of verticle spat on the nose so that people can see it a bit easier.
However, what the Porsche driver did there was absolutely inexcusable.18th October 2012, 9:17 at 9:17 am #212893
Problem for the DeltaWing is that if it flips, crashes, gets hit by another driver, or whatever, people are always going to blame it on the unusual design. Prototypes do flip over very easily unfortunately; just look at the TS030 crash from Le Mans this year, or the Audis from the year before. Sadly for the DeltaWing there seem to be no end of people desperate for some excuse to say it’s a bad design.
Fact is, the guy in the Porsche is responsible for what happened. Complete brain fade moment.16th October 2012, 13:36 at 1:36 pm #212782
There’s a pretty spot-on article on Autosport (subs only) about this, basically saying it’s a monumental mistake for Ford to pull out right now. The Fiesta WRC looks like being the class of the field, and Loeb has effectively said he won’t be contesting the title next year. These two facts mean that next year will be the best chance for Ford in probably over a decade to secure both championships. And they’re pulling a plug with a great little race car in the garage. Smacks of Honda pulling out of F1 at the end of 2008 doesn’t it..16th October 2012, 12:28 at 12:28 pm #212793
I guess I’m probably in a tiny minority here, but I can’t say that I’m very enthusiastic about this idea. To me it seems like a step towards increasing homogenisation in motorsports. I love that there are hundreds of different racing categories around the world, each producing these incredible, unique racing machines. Merging categories means less diversity, and less room for creativity.
I appreciate that the big driver behind a lot of the changes recently is one of cost, but I still feel desperately sad at the merging and exclusion of various GT classes over the past few years which lead to the demise of the mighty Corvette C6.R GT1. While I do see the appeal of seeing the likes of Mercedes go up against Nissan and vice versa, I do worry that it removes something from their respective formulae which made them unique.15th October 2012, 22:37 at 10:37 pm #212764
It would be a hell of an about-turn for RBR to emply anyone from outside of their own Young Drivers programme. That programme is extremely comprehensive and designed specifically to find the next generation of world champions. Their last one graduated to F1 in 2007. If they haven’t found another one by 2014, that’ll be 7 years without producing top level talent. I find that difficult to believe, with the resources they put into the programme.18th September 2012, 15:15 at 3:15 pm #210533
Yeah, how dare they consider their lives more important than our entertainment. Bunch of pansies. They should count themselves lucky they even get helmets. if I had my way I’d make them drive on two metre wide tracks on cars with no bodywork whatsoever, with a sheer drop on each side into a pit full of spikes made out of sharks.
Literally the only thing that I find appealing about Formula One is the prospect that I might get to see a person’s head torn open and its contents smeared across the road like a careless hedgehog. If you remove that danger then, well, frankly you can count me out!
(there may be some slight sarcasm in the previous statement)18th September 2012, 10:09 at 10:09 am #203843
One thing not mentioned above is that the DeltaWing(s) running in the ALMS next year won’t be the prototype which ran at Le Mans or at the Petit LM. The prototype uses one of the two chassis’ built by Prodrive for their abortive AMR-One programme, whereas these new production DeltaWings will have their own custom chassis designed from the ground up.
The original DeltaWing prototype was developed as a potential IndyCar replacement, and as such it was built with a single-seat style tub. When they modified the concept for LM, they chose to buy a chassis which had already been homologated as it would mean they wouldn’t have to go through the crash test procedure which would have been impossible to get through in time for Le Mans 2012. Now with a bit of time available ahead of ALMS 2013, they’re able to fully develop the concept so you can expect an even better car to be rolled out for next year.
The idea of seeing multiple DeltaWings racing side by side gives me goosebumps.18th September 2012, 8:46 at 8:46 am #201338
I think AMR would be mad to do it to be honest. Aston Martin make GT cars, and the best advert for GT cars is GT racing. Their various GTE cars look absolutely glorious, and they manage to beat the likes of Ferrari and Corvette. In terms of brand exposure, AM is already considered one of the most desirable and recognisable brands out there, so it’s hard to see what the appeal would be of pitching themselves into a sport where they’d have no hope of competing at the top level. It would mean throwing hundreds of millions of eurodollars at a venture which could only harm their brand values.18th September 2012, 8:16 at 8:16 am #203842
I don’t know why this little car has captured my heart in the way it has done. Maybe it’s because of the dramatic way in which its Le Mans attempt ended. There was something about the heroic attempts by one person for an hour and a half to get the car restarted by the side of the track which sort of summed up the whole spirit behind the car and the team itself.
For whatever reason though, reading this literally put a lump in my throat. I can’t really say just how chuffed I am for them to be racing at Petit LM and potentially on into next year’s ALMS. A car this innovative and interesting deserves better than to be an interesting footnote in the history of motorsport.17th September 2012, 12:33 at 12:33 pm #210528
The cause of the accident is irrelevant though; point is that it’s an accident where the driver’s exposed head has been severely injured, and that injury could have been avoided if the cockpit had some sort of protection over it.17th September 2012, 12:08 at 12:08 pm #210526
You’re wrong. Dan Wheldon was killed by severe head trauma when the car hit the supporting post for the catch fence.