Delta Wing Technologies has released an illustration of a road-going, four-passenger car, intended as a solution for manufacturers facing more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards.
The company won’t be producing the car itself but hopes OEM partners that share its vision will want to license the Delta Wing architecture "that is 35 percent lighter, requires 35 percent less horsepower and consumes 35 percent less fuel than a conventional vehicle."
A Delta Wing model equipped with a small four-cylinder petrol engine producing between 63-82 kW and is expected to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in approximately six seconds, reaching a top speed of 209 km/h, while achieving fuel consumption of about 3.3-litres/100km.
The car, although still in virtual concept form, is said to be made with lightweight steel, aluminium and advanced composite materials to keep the weight down. It additionally keeps a narrow-track front wheelbase and rear-mounted engine which results in significantly less weight on the front axle, reducing rolling resistance.
“While we certainly have the capabilities and decades of auto manufacturing experience through our affiliates Panoz LLC and Élan Motorsports Technologies, the Delta Wing deserves the higher volume that an OEM can provide to truly have a beneficial impact on the future and the environment,” said Al Speyer, Delta Wing Technologies president and COO.
If the model becomes a reality, it will be direct competition for the Nissan BladeGlider concept which according to Nissan, is crafted on a “unique architecture to give the driver and passengers "sustainable exhilaration" - a fresh electric vehicle driving experience based on peerless technology and exotic styling.”