DeltaWing - How Fast Can it Run?
Those unfamiliar with the DeltaWing racecar might recognize it from this picture:
At the recent race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca it placed 5th in the P/GTLM Race (Prototype GT Le Mans). The winning car was a more conventional design race car with a Chevrolet LS3 V8 producing 430 hp.
Now I don't agree with everything Panoz said or believes (I have to think he believes what he says) but you have to take the man seriously, he is a self-made man (invented the nicotine patch) and he has been extremely successful in automobile racing, a sport he did not come to until an age when many are retiring. He said something during his talk that highlights what drives him - people telling him he can't do something. So he does it.
Besides the race car Dr. Panoz (not alone of course) is working on a DeltaWing road car, or rather a couple of variants - internal combustion and electric.
Now my interest in the DeltaWing is more with the race car. I thought if it will hit 200 mph with 350 hp how fast would it go with say 1,400 hp? I was thinking of the BMW F1 2.0-liter turbo engine that made a reputed 1,400 hp in qualifying set up. Could the DeltaWing set a new world record for a piston engine powered, wheel driven car with that engine?
I may never see that because it isn't the direction Panoz is going. That's okay. His belief in himself and his visions was inspirational, especially to us geezers. If he can do all these things at 81 years of age there is no excuse for us younger geezers.