Ok, Delta Wing has rolled out their 2012 concept car for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
They now join Dallara and Swift for publicly revealing what they think the future of the IndyCar Series should look like. Lola has rolled out a proposal, but no images thus far.
Now, I won't debate the asthetics of the car for the most part, but I do wonder how Swift's exposed engine fairs in the event of an accident. Seems like a lot of small parts thrown onto the track (and given the series' propensity for long caution periods already, that could increase them).
The DeltaWing appears to have been a cross between the Batmobile and one of the Austin Powers' "Johnson" jokes. Could you not see Clint Howard referring to this in one of those movies?
With public reaction rolling in quite swiftly (here, here and here), I can't really say I prefer this car over the proposals from Dallara and Swift. In fact, with the anti-Delta Wing reaction the car is quickly getting, it makes it easier for Brian Barnhardt to dismiss the project and focus on the other three proposals.
Still, I continue to remain skeptical that a decision hasn't already been hinted at, with Dallara's declaration that they will build their chassis in Speedway. Yes, I wish that all four (well, maybe three) chassis would be on the grid, but it won't happen, unfortunately.
So now we wait and see who emerges victorious from Barnhardt's Thunder Dome.
For more images, including simulations of the Delta Wing from various tracks, visit the Delta Wing web site here.