With long cars, short pit boxes and narrow garages, sports car teams came up with an innovative way to overcome the problem of trying to move their cars around without having to execute a 300-point turn.
Enter the skate. These homemade devices are brilliantly simple: Teams use the car's onboard airjack system to raise the car off the ground, and with three to four skates—small aluminum dollies that fit around the airjacks like the open end of a wrench on the head of a bolt—positioned under the car, the air pressure in the airjack system is released, dropping the car onto the skates.
And voila. With the car suspended two inches or so above the ground on the skates, teams can push or spin a car in any direction with ease.
But what do you do when the front of your car is barely wider than a skate, which renders the device useless? The fine folks at DeltaWing came up with something Tony Hawk would love to ride down the hillfrom Le Mans' Dunlop Curve to Tetre Rouge and onto the Mulsanne Straight.
"It's a lovely little piece of kit, isn't it?" said DeltaWing driver .
The four-wheeled aluminum skate-cradle fits perfectly under the four-inch-wide front tires on the DeltaWing, and has served its purpose in practice and qualifying, but the team hopes the bespoke piece goes unused during the race...if it's needed, it likely means something's gone wrong and the car needs to be wheeled into the garage.
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