Video: Pre-Le Mans testing for DeltaWing
Wednesday 6th June 2012
DeltaWing manages 54 laps in Le Mans pre-test - and at a reasonable pace, too...
the experimental team, too, with the car completing 54 laps with Michael Krumm, Satoshi Motoyama and Marino Franchitti at the wheel. The big question, of course, is how fast the DeltaWing could go - have they achieved their aim of being somewhere between the LMP1 and LMP2 classes on pace?
Not quite, is the answer. With Motoyama at the wheel, the DeltaWing set a best time of 3min 47.9secs, 22 seconds slower than the time set by the Audi of McNish, but also more than seven seconds off the 3min 41.3secs set by the fastest LMP2, the OAK Morgan-Nissan.
Up at the sharp end of the field, the Toyota TS030 hybrid - probably the only serious threat to Audi following the withdrawal of Peugeot - managed a creditable 3mins 27.2secs. That put it in fourth place, but less than 1.3 seconds off the pace of the leading Audi.
Looks like shaping up to be an interesting Le Mans and, if you're going, remember that you can join us at the PH Friday Service en Sarthe before the race on 15th June...