Indeed, video released of the car's first test shows the DeltaWing settling into a normal-looking cornering attitude. Of course, that didn't surprise Bowlby, who for more than two years has insisted that computer simulations indicate the car will go around corners. Even hairpins.
"It's got a very benign, but exciting, handling characteristic because when you reach the threshold of grip, the tendency is towards oversteer," Bowlby said. "This is unusual in a rear-engine racing car which, unless provoked, is normally an understeer-limited vehicle with an inevitable snap oversteer event at the limit of control. From a racing driver's standpoint, understeer is an unstable condition because you can't correct it other than by slowing the car and starting again. But with controlled oversteer -- intrinsic in the layout of DeltaWing -- it's much more controllable."
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