DeltaWing’s prototype chassis for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series will feature Milliken’s thermoplastic composite, Tegris, with the intention of making the DeltaWing car one of the lightest, most impact energy absorbent and intrusion resistant open wheel racing cars ever created.
“From the beginning of the DeltaWing project, enhancing safety was a top priority so we looked for new technologies that could be applied to make the chassis stronger and safer, while reducing mass at the same time” said Ben Bowlby, Designer and Chief Technology Officer of DeltaWing LLC. “Milliken’s Tegris material has excellent impact energy management characteristics while being extremely light weight. This is an example of a new material that has helped the DeltaWing design team achieve its extraordinary efficiency performance targets.”
“Our designers were inspired by the remarkable properties of Tegris and the extensive application of the material in composite armour for US military vehicles,” said Dan Partel, CEO of DeltaWing LLC.
“We are thrilled to be working with the DeltaWing team on one of the most revolutionary concepts in motorsports in many years,” said Jonathan Kane, Global Market Manager, from Milliken & Company. “Tegris provides a unique combination of attributes which will allow DeltaWing to meet the exceptionally stringent safety standards of IndyCar racing. Additionally, Tegris is fully compatible with polypropylene recycle streams which helps DeltaWing meet its goal of helping motorsports become more sustainable and environmentally responsible.”
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