Nissan has become a founding partner in the radical DeltaWing Le Mans project

Nissan has become a founding partner in the radical DeltaWing project that will tackle this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The Nissan DeltaWing is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer.

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours takes place on 16-17 June. The DeltaWing will not be allowed to feature in the overall classification, but the company will use the appearance to ‘showcase one potential direction for the future of motorsport and feed into the research and development of future technologies, that filter down to Nissan’s road car product range’.

The DeltaWing is the work of US-domiciled British designer Ben Bowlby, American motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz, the All-American Racers organisation of Dan Gurney, Highcroft Racing team and Michelin.

The engine, badged DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharged), features the same technology found in Nissan road cars, such as the range-topping Nissan Juke DIG-T. It is expected to produce almost 300bhp, which should mean the Nissan DeltaWing is capable of lap times on a par with some of the LMP1 and LMP2 prototypes.

Dan Gurney's All American Racers built the DeltaWing as a proposed new design of IndyCar chassis, but the organisers of the US single-seater series opted to remain with current supplier Dallara. Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president, said: “Nissan DeltaWing embodies a vast number of highly-innovative ideas that we can learn from. At the same time, our engineering resources and commitment to fuel efficiency leadership via our PureDrive strategy will help develop DeltaWing into a testbed of innovation for Nissan.”

In the DeltaWing, The driver sits well back in the car, almost over the rear axle and looks ahead down a long, narrow fuselage to narrow twin front tyres, specially created for the car by Michelin. With a rear-mounted engine, the car has a strong rearward weight bias, which makes it highly manoeuvrable, and a slippery shape to make it more efficient.

The car will run out of ‘Garage 56’ at Le Mans, the spot in the pitlane reserved for experimental cars, and it will carry the race number ‘0’. The first two Nissan DeltaWing drivers to be confirmed are Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm. The car will turn its first public laps at Sebring in Florida on Thursday.

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13 March 2012

[quote Autocar]Nissan has become a founding partner in the radical DeltaWing project that will tackle this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The Nissan DeltaWing is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer.

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours takes place on 16-17 June. The DeltaWing will not be allowed to feature in the overall classification, but the company will use the appearance to ‘showcase one potential directi... Read the full article[/quote] A bit Jetsons if you ask me!,just too radical in this form.

Peter Cavellini.

13 March 2012

This is a project I am really looking forward to seeing at Le Mans this year, although given that it will weigh about 475kg and the LMP1 cars are about double that, I am a bit concerned about its robustness for going twice around the clock.

It's great to see truly fresh thinking in motorsport, and I'm still disappointed this didn't end up becoming the new IndyCar - it looked much more promising than what they have ended up with.

13 March 2012

Wacky Races.

I'm hoping the driver rocks up in a shaggy-dog outfit, a la Mutley..

This could be the first LeMans I watch in a long time! Nice work Nissan!

13 March 2012

The Italians got there first. It's basically one of these going backwards.

13 March 2012

Gonna have trouble over the speed humps at Tesco with that.

13 March 2012

Batman called, he wants his car back.....

Love the smell of a V8 in the morning.

13 March 2012

So where is the salt flat called LeMans then?

In all fairness I hope this is an awesome spectacle and wish Nissan all the best.

Of course I'm also certain that if it is really fast those running LeMans will legislate against its lack of Renault badging!

13 March 2012

[quote michael knight]Nice work Nissan[/quote] the project is not from Nissan . they have come onboard with an engine for it. the Delta wing project started out as one of the Bidders for the new Indycar . and when that failed they looked for other avenues. I must say I wish them all the luck in the world . it will be great to see this at Lemans . but remember they are in there by virtue of the Car 56 rule for experimental stuff. they are basicly racing to a very open set of rules (if any) unlike the LMP1 & LMP2 classes it does look strange. just looking at it it looks like it shoul fall over going round a corner. and having seen the Video where it doesnt it still looks like it should LOL

13 March 2012

I'm intrigued - with the front track sooo much narrower than the rear, how come it doesn't understeer like an airport luggage trolley??

13 March 2012

Gonna watch this with interest. They say the simulation shows it works, basic theory says it shouldn't in several aspects. GIGO or time think anew? We'll see.

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