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Default Video: Project 56 taking DeltaWing IndyCar design to Le Mans in 2012

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Drivers sometimes switch between motor racing disciplines, but their cars themselves seldom do. Take, for example, Dan Gurney. The all-American racing driver won races in F1, Indy, NASCAR and Le Mans, to name just a few. Of course, he did it all in completely different types of machinery, but the latest initiative to bear his name looks set to make history in another way.

You may recall the radical DeltaWing concept from last year, when it was proposed as a potential new chassis for the IndyCar Series. The sleek aerodynamic shape - which we caught in person at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show - looks something like a cross between a Le Mans Prototype and a Land Speed Record car, embracing lightweight construction and low drag to achieve a new level of efficient performance.

In the end, officials opted to go with a more conventional and adaptable proposal from Dallara - the same Italian chassis constructor that builds the current cars, along with various racers for numerous other series. But the brain trust behind the DeltaWing project haven't given up. Far from it - they're simply taking their design to the 24 Hours of Le Mans instead.

The door was opened last year when the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO - the body that sanctions Le Mans) created a new category for experimental prototypes of another sort. The ACO wanted to foster innovation, so they created a 56th slot on the grid for a single entry that didn't comply to any of the existing LMP or GT regulations. That's the spot from which the DeltaWing hopes to start the race in 2012, and its designers have recruited a top team of talent to make it happen.

In addition to its own people, Dan Gurney's All American Racers has been brought on board, along with Panoz and Highcroft Racing, under the Project 56 banner. Discussions are reportedly underway to use Ford or Chevy power - fortunately the team has a year to get it all together. And when it does, it promises to be a sight to behold. Follow the jump for the full press release and to watch the video of the project underway.Continue reading Project 56 taking DeltaWing IndyCar design to Le Mans in 2012

Project 56 taking DeltaWing IndyCar design to Le Mans in 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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