23 January 2014
Targeting World LMP2 crown while leading the way in LCVs
Delta Motorsport typifies the ground-breaking and international flavour of cutting edge companies for whom Silverstone Park is home.
Four wins from the last five rounds of 2013’s FIA World Endurance Championship’s hotly contested LMP2 category was a great way to cap the company’s season.
Brazil, USA, China and Bahrain all fell to Delta’s Oreca-Nissan that is prepared at its Unit 2250 premises on the Park. There was very nearly a victory in LMP2 in the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours as well, as its car crossed the line in third position in class.
Delta surely starts 2014 a hot favourite for WEC LMP2 honours and, notably, its eight-round season starts in its own back yard here on the spectacular Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on the weekend of 18-20 April. From there the chase for the world title – remember, each time departing from Delta’s Silverstone Park headquarters – heads to Belgium’s legendary Spa-Francorchamps GP circuit (2-3 May), the classic Le Mans 24 Hours in France (14-15 June), Sao Paulo, Brazil (29-31 Aug), Austin, USA (18-20 Sept), Fuji, Japan (10-12 Oct), Shanghai, China (1-2 Nov) and Bahrain (13-15 Nov).
But success for Simon Dawson and Nick Carpenter’s company – now numbering 20 highly skilled R&D engineering staff – extends beyond the race track with its astonishing gains into low carbon road vehicle technology.
A two-year project has resulted in the design and build of five electric road vehicles – all 100 per cent Delta and named the E4 Coupe. Staff from neighbouring companies along with everyday motorists may have seen the striking looking machines being ‘test driven’ by motoring press on local roads and indeed further afield before heading back to their Silverstone Park base.
Delta’s pioneering ways, which have included advancements in low cost composite materials (affordable to the mainstream auto market as well as significantly enhancing the range of electric vehicles), mean it is now working with three mainstream manufacturers on a variety of projects.