We have seen the future of racing, and it’s the Nissan DeltaWing. Looking more like a futuristic Batmobile than a modern day racecar, this vehicle “comes packing a turbo’d 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine putting out a little over 180 horsepower, but when modified for racing duty, output swells to some 300 hp.” Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for two videos.
The DeltaWing is a joint project between former Lola design chief Ben Bowlby and Chip Ganassi Racing, and pitched as the future of IndyCar. To reduce drag and optimize weight bias, the engine is mounted behind the driver and power is sent to the rear wheels. More intriguingly, with both the engine and driver mounted far back in the carbon fiber chassis, the ultra-thin front tires don’t have to move much to elicit a change in direction.