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DeltaWing Prepares to Build, Test Road Car Prototype

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2015-03-23 Erick Ayapana
DeltaWing Prepares to Build, Test Road Car Prototype

DeltaWing Technology Group announced today that it plans to build a prototype of a road-going car following a months-long study of development and MPG performance. The road car would feature the same distinctive design as the racing version, including its narrow front track and triangular overall shape.

Research

DeltaWing commissioned an independent engineering company to compute MPG details based on the DeltaWing’s four-passenger chassis, a six-speed automatic transmissmion, and a rear-mounted engine from a major domestic automaker. Specifically, it’s a 1.4-liter turbo-four rated at 138 hp. Those specs match up with an engine that powers a number of vehicles from General Motors including the Chevrolet Sonic and Trax.

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CEO Don Panoz© Provided by MotorTrend CEO Don Panoz

With that said, DeltaWing claims its car delivers 50/74/58 mpg city/highway/combined, which would make it the most fuel-efficient gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. The company says the chassis is also compatible with all-electric, hybrid, and diesel powertrains.

Deltawing CEO Don Panoz has hired Brian Willis to lead development of the road cars. Willis has an extensive engineering background that spans 27 years and includes stints with Audi Sport Japan, Panoz, Motorsports, and Multimatic.

DeltaWing GT Race Car Concept Chassis© Provided by MotorTrend DeltaWing GT Race Car Concept Chassis

Regardless if prototype testing is a success or not, DeltaWing will likely face many challenges to make its road car concept a production reality. The company will likely need to partner with a major automaker and ensure that the DeltaWing’s unique shape will meet strict safety and crash regulations. Nissan is also considering a similar vehicle with its BladeGlider concept, though the automaker recently announced it isn’t a high priority.

Source: DeltaWing

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