Nissan DeltaWing

Date:21 May 2012 Tags:, ,

Racing testbed
Unconventional looks are just part of the story with this Nissan-backed experimental Le Mans racer. A 1,6-litre DIG-T engine forms part of the setup that is effectively a test bed for new road car technologies. Importantly, it is expected to halve the fuel consumption of the conventional opposition.

The Nissan DeltaWing weighs only half as much as a conventional racer – and has only half the drag. Engine output of about 225 kW is expected to be enough to power the DeltaWing to Le Mans lap times between the LMP1 and LMP2 categories.

The car’s layout is highly unusual. According to Nissan, the driver sits well back in the car, almost over the rear axle. At the other end of a long, narrow fuselage are narrow twin front tyres, specially created for the car by tyre partner Michelin. The engine is rear-mounted.

As the car doesn’t fit into any existing categories, it will run as an experimental vehicle bearing race number 0 and will not be classified as a finisher.

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