This is a brilliant article full of tidbits about physics and tech and what it’s like to drive Road Atlanta:
What’s the DeltaWing like to drive?
Well, it doesn’t do what you expect. This is a very good thing. Everything you know about cars shaped like triangles tells you that it must be hideously unstable and, with that narrow front, very prone to understeer. It must therefore handle like a Robin Reliant. But the DeltaWing is neither unstable, nor lacking grip at the front end. The physics behind this is simultaneously simple and yet difficult to get your head around. Basically (very basically), tyre grip is matched to weight and since the front of the car has no weight, it needs comparatively less grip. Ben Bowlby, the man whose brainchild the DeltaWing is, proved this by picking the nose up.
He did what?
Lifted the front of the car clean off the ground. By himself. But the front only accounts for 28 per cent of the DeltaWing’s sub-500kg kerbweight, so the front wheels can be as narrow as those fitted to an old 2CV. Literally. In fact the spare tyres they use when pushing the DeltaWing around the paddock are old 2CV tyres.
It’s true to say that there’s a paucity of boggo Porsches, but, as far as it goes, this 2.7-litre, 265bhp Boxster is it. It’s got optional wheels and a couple of other bits, but is more or less a basic Boxster.
Which means the least powerful engine, with the least expensive manual six-speed gearbox, and mostly passive or standard systems operating on the rest. And it just might be the best version.
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So our cousins in the UK got a chance to test drive the recently announced Subaru BRZ and they came away impressed:
So where to start? As suspected, both Subaru and Toyota have had specific tasks within this joint project. Toyota has been responsible for the design (certainly not the most dynamic aspect of the BRZ), and has lent its direct injection technology to the engine. Subaru has done pretty much everything else. Talking to the engineers you get the sense this is very much Subaru’s car – the first development prototype was a cut n’ shut Legacy, the next an Impreza. This is good news, as we know Subaru can build great cars. The BRZ clearly has potential.
How best to describe it as an overall package? Keen. Eager. It’s not puppy-ish in its enthusiasm, it’s a bit more measured than that, but it’s a lot of fun. Easily better to drive than a VW Scirocco; more agile and rewarding than any Audi TT. It may not have the lungs on a Nissan 370Z, but it’s way more dextrous and I can’t think of any hot hatch except possibly the Renaultsport Clio that provides as much satisfaction.
If you’re at all intrigued by this car, most definitely read the rest at TopGear.com