Hit BBC auto show Top Gear is already known for pulling all kinds of outrageous stunts with all things cars and bike though their latest project is probably as ambitious as it gets in the business. For an upcoming show, the TV program has commissioned famed UK car customizer Andy Saunders to create a replica of the 2012 DeltaWing currently being developed by Nissan for this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans. The DeltaWing as a vehicle, is pretty revolutionary on its own and will be making it world racing debut at the endurance race later in the year. However, since the vehicle does not conform to existing regulations it will race in the pits lane reserved for experimental cars taking the number zero at the starting line.
The replica of the V-shaped car that is being produced by Andy Saunders for Top Gear is yet another stunning creation that not only shows the kind of fan following and industry heat that the DeltaWing has generated but also pays a huge testament to the innovative spirit of the show’s makers. Built largely from scraps scavenged from junkyards, the TG edition of the DeltaWing features a Ford Escort-sourced rear axle, a Morris Minor 1000 and a Fiat 126-srouved rear, a Hillman Imp-sourced steering rack, a pair of Peugeot 207 headlights, space-saver tires and a Westfield Se7en kit car-soured front. According to Top Gear, just like its original, the replica too will be given a four-cylinder 1.6-L heart albeit it will be sourced from an old Ford.
With only months of preparation behind it and a restricted budget (as opposed to the years of R&D and the hefty budget of the engineers behind Nissan’s project), the TG replica however, won’t be raced at Le Mans or any other race and oddly enough, isn’t even yet set to be showcased on TV!
Via: Top Gear