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Historic French marque, once a formidable Bugatti rival, revived for wild 1085bhp V12 hybrid

The Delage D12, a new hybrid hypercar from a revived historic marque, made its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend.

The wildly styled two-seater combines an electric motor and a naturally aspirated 7.6-litre V12 engine, which spat flames as it screamed up the hillclimb. 

With a low, long, fighter jet-inspired body, it offers a "Formula 1 driving experience for the road", a Delage spokesman told Autocar. 

The V12 produces 976bhp at 8200rpm and 614lb ft of torque at 6200rpm, while the electric motor makes 109bhp in the road-going D12 GT or 20bhp in the track-focused D12 Club. This yields respective combined outputs of 1085bhp and 794lb ft or 996bhp and 652lb ft.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels only by an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with reverse handled by the electric motor.

The more potent D12 GT weighs 1390kg dry, while the D12 Club weighs 1300kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of up to 781bhp per tonne.

Delage claims this will enable the latter to lap the Nürburgring 5.0sec faster, at 6min 40sec. An attempt at the road-legal production car lap record at the famous German circuit is scheduled for 2023. This is currently held by the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, at 6min 44.97sec.

Delage claims a 0-62mph time of 2.6sec for the D12 GT and 2.9sec for the D12 Club, eventually reaching 186mph (300kph) in 20.2sec or 19.8sec. Top speed is said to be 244mph.

The car is based around a central carbonfibre monocoque, with a frontal carbonfibre crash structure and an aluminium rear frame. The passenger sits behind the driver in tandem configuration.

It employs a unique contractive suspension set-up, as used to great success by McLaren and Ferrari in 1990s Formula 1, this system having been invented by Delage chassis and suspension chief Mauro Bianchi.  

Bianchi works alongside technical director Benoit Bagur, who has a great amount of experience in rally car engineering, and chief test driver Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 champion.

The company boss is Laurent Tapie, a serial entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for cars, while the president of honour is Patrick Delage. He is the great-grandson of Louis Delage, who founded his company in 1905, going on to record grand prix success in the 1920s and sell pioneering luxury cars. It never recovered from the hiatus of the Second World War, eventually ending production in 1954.

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Delage is based at a technology park by the F1 circuit in Magny-Cours in central France, where it works with partners including Ace, Aisan, Danielson, Exagon and Oreca.

Tapie has previously told French media that Delage also has plans for its historic Courbevoie factory near Paris.

The road-registered D12 present at Goodwood was the first completed prototype. Delage plans to build 30 cars, priced at 2 million (£1.7m) before taxes.

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Peter Cavellini 27 June 2022

Scepticism and cynicism are alive and well, yes, it looks to wild to be taken seriously, yes, they've resurrected an old Car brand using Delage, it'll never see a main road, but we're seeing now how new technology is making cars go quicker,and yes, they make no sense and are nowhere near practical , but they exist, and watching them at Goodwood yesterday on the Telly gave us a look at them on the move not just gawping at images online.

spoolio 20 August 2020

Ah, thank heavens that no

Ah, thank heavens that no matter how bad things get, there are always, always, men in sheds knocking out stuff that's going to set the world alight.

ianp55 20 August 2020

Delage Revived

Why bother to resurrect the Delage name? after being out of production for over 65 years who would remember the name, The car does look fairly stunning in it's own merit's so why not create a new name for the marque,after all recent attempts to revive other defunct ranges such as Bristol and Jensen weren't successful were they.