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Following a second hour retirement in the Rolex 24 Hours, the opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Challenge, last weekend DeltaWing Managing Partner, Don Panoz has confirmed a split rom long time gearbox partner EMCO.
EMCO Gears has been a trusted Panoz racing supplier, having supported many Panoz racing cars and Panoz teams over the years. This relationship factored into the decision to run EMCO Gears in the DeltaWing Coupe’s transmission.
In a letter addressed to al the Deltawing fans published on Wednesday Panoz explained to fans the problems the DeltaWing had been facing over the past months with missed delivery dates and staff turnover.
“The new gearbox was scheduled to be delivered to the team on November 15, 2014, which would give us ample time to test the new component.” Panoz wrote in an open letter to the fans on the DeltaWing website.
“We were disappointed when the due date came and passed and even more alarmed to learn our key EMCO Gears contact retired and the engineer assigned to this project left the company.” he continued.
“EMCO Gears repeatedly adjusted the delivery date. Finally, the new gearbox was promised for delivery in time for The Roar Before the Rolex 24. In the end, it didn’t arrive until after The Roar, forcing the team to use the old EMCO gearbox at The Roar and to go into the race with an untested new component.
“Unfortunately, there were still more issues with the gearbox during the practice sessions before the race. Through the resourcefulness and engineering talents of the team however, we managed a great qualifying performance, starting fifth from the inside third row. As everyone could see during the first hour of the race, DeltaWing was highly competitive, running as high as fourth. Ultimately, a final gearbox failure ended our Rolex 24 at Daytona efforts.”
You can read the full letter on the DeltaWing website.