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.