Ben Bowlby begins
for a new-generation
and the Delta Wing
concept is born.
against Delta Wing
for its new-for-2012
begins a dialog
with Don Panoz
and the American
Le Mans Series.
L’Automobile Club de
the Delta Wing will be
allocated “Garage 56”
(reserved for innovative
cars) for the 2012
24 Hours of Le Mans.
Construction of the
at Dan Gurney’s
All American Racers.
Michelin, EMCO and
are announced as
Delta Wing tires arrive
in the U.S. and the
full-scale car enters
the WindShear wind
tunnel (LEFT) in N.C.
to correlate CFD data.
Of all the solutions required to complete
the Delta Wing, Bowlby’s team knew that
it could source or build everything it
needed, except for one item.
“The narrow front tires were key to
achieving the car’s stated performance
goals, but no one manufactured the
application-specific tire we sought,” he says.
“Motorcycle tires would seem like an option,
but their rounded profile eliminated them.
MICHELIN NARROWS IT DOWN
We needed a square profile as you’d find on
any Le Mans car, but the contact patch could
only be four inches across.
“That meant we had to find a technical
partner who’d be willing to make a racing
tire that not only didn’t exist, but would be
unique to the Delta Wing.”
Bowlby found that partner in Michelin,
possibly the only tire manufacturer with
the resources and Le Mans pedigree