Skip advert
Advertisement

Nissan's DeltaWing racer gets Le Mans go-ahead

A new experimental racer from Nissan, called the DeltaWing, will be entered in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours.

A highly advanced endurance racing car project, known as DeltaWing, has been given permission to race at the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Expected to lap the circuit as fast as the current LMP2 cars, using a 300bhp DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharged) engine.

Although the car won't be classified in the race, and will wear the number '0', DeltaWing is pioneering new lightweight and efficient technologies - backed by British designer Ben Bowlby and American motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The driver sits a long way back in the car, almost over the rear axle, looking forward down a long, narrow almost aircraft-like fuselage. The front twin tyres have been specially developed by tyre partner Michelin.

With a rear-mounted engine, the car has a strong rearward weight bias, making it highly manoeuvrable, while its low weight and slippery shape make it far more efficient. Convinced by the project's prospects, the ACO has offered 'Garage 56' - reserved specially for experimental prototypes like the DeltaWing.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Weissach Package review: two seats, 1020bhp and £186,300
Porsche Taycan Turbo GT – front
Review

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Weissach Package review: two seats, 1020bhp and £186,300

We’ve driven the new, record-breaking Taycan Turbo GT – it’s astonishing in some ways but confusing in others
10 Apr 2024
Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch
Hyundai i30 N evo Fast Fleet
Long term tests

Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch

The i30 N has been one of our favourite hot hatches ever since we first sampled it. It passed the long-term test with flying colours, too
9 Apr 2024
Used car deals of the week
Main used car deals
Advice

Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Mk1 Ford Focus RS to a Porsche Taycan
12 Apr 2024