Andy Meyrick, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series’ Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga.
In 2013, a coupe variant of the DeltaWing was unveiled at the 12 Hours of Sebring race and will make its race debut at the 2013 American Le Mans Series round at Austin in September. The redesign was intended to bring the DeltaWing in line with Le Mans Prototype P1 regulations, and to minimize the chance of the driver’s head being hit in the event of an accident. There are also several other changes to the design: including the adoption of a purpose-built monocoque (rather than the Aston Martin derived one used on the previous car), and addition of a roof mounted air intake. The car was first tested in September 2013.
Having traded its Nissan engine for the Elan (developed and based on a Mazda in the workshops of Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series) and changed from Bridgestone tires to Michelin, the drivers are a 100% British duo consisting of Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick. This new configuration will be that of the DeltaWing in 2014 for the birth of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the future American endurance series. “Petit Le Mans is the race we worked towards throughout the season,” says Katherine Legge,“This is our home race, there will be so many people cheering for us, and it really affects us.”