It’s safe to say that the DeltaWing’s first year of competition hasn’t quite been smooth sailing. After being crashed out in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the car was involved in another incident this week during testing at Road Atlanta. As you can see in the video clip, the DeltaWing makes contact with a slower Porsche GTC car, then gets turned on its side and slides down the track in a rather awkward and scary fashion. Fortunately its driver Gunnar Jeannette was not seriously hurt, but the crash has generated lots of discussion about the DeltaWing’s safety.
Some say the DeltaWing’s unique shape makes it very hard to spot for other drivers, but there’s even more concern about how that narrow shape reacts to contact with other cars. The crash in the video doesn’t quite look like your typical Sports Car incident. On the other hand, many have come to the DeltaWing’s defense, saying the car is no different than other prototype racers and stressing the importance of driver awareness.
For this week’s poll and discussion, we are asking for your thoughts on the matter. Is the DeltaWing too dangerous to race?