Nissan DeltaWing – experimental racecar to run in Le Mans

Nissan DeltaWing – experimental racecar to run in Le Mans

Pop quiz: what’s the best way for a car company to flex its technical prowess? Full marks if you answered ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’. So, do put your hands together and welcome Nissan’s most radical motorsport project to date – the Nissan DeltaWing.

The twist to the story is this; the Nissan DeltaWing will not be classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours but nevertheless, the company is looking to show what its pioneering technology can do to push the sport further. Also, as expected, the DeltaWing will serve to be a test bed for future technologies that will appear in subsequent Nissan’s road car range.

Nissan DeltaWing – experimental racecar to run in Le Mans

Now, usually you’d expect to find a V-engine or an engine that could displace the volume of the sun. Not with the DeltaWing because it’s engine in tiny – a race-prepared 1.6-litre four-cylinder DIG-T engine. By the way, DIG-T stands for Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharged, and it is the same one used in the top shelf Juke DIG-T.

This 300 hp tyke is said to give the DeltaWing lap times between LMP1 and LMP2 machines in spite having only half the power those race monsters usually produce.

Nissan DeltaWing – experimental racecar to run in Le Mans

Unlike the usual racers, the driver of the DeltaWing will sit at the back of the car closer to the rear axle. He will look down on the long nose of the car, much like looking down the barrel of a gun. The engine is rear mounted, which gives it a heavy behind. Nissan says this configuration makes the DeltaWing highly manoeuvrable, while its light body and aerodynamic shape gives it better efficiency.

It is because of how this racecar is designed that the organiser of Le Mans 24 Hours invited the DeltaWing to run the race from ‘Garage 56’, the pitlane reserved for experimental cars. Because the racer does not conform to any regulation, it will not be able to win any silverware. Also, it will wear the number ‘0’.

Nissan DeltaWing – experimental racecar to run in Le Mans

What Nissan hopes to get out of this experiment is to improve on its PureDrive aerodynamics and efficiency package for road cars. PureDrive, for the uninitiated, is Nissan’s catchphrase for economical and efficient vehicles.

Confirmed drivers for the race are Mario Franchitti and Michael Krumm, who is Nissan’s reigning FIA GT1 World Champion. We’ll bring you more updates and hopefully tell you how the car fares on track when the time comes.

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Chris Ng believes that all cars are made equal, and each one has its own unique story to tell. As such, the ex-advertising man is here doing what he truly loves, which is authoring the allegories and anecdotes of automobiles. Having served time in a motoring mag, he believes there's nothing more sublime than keeping the pedal floored and things burbling in top gear.

 

Comments

  • Wow, is it bat mobile?

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  • powder1 on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    so it uses it rear wheels to turn instead of front?

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  • nazgul on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    damn…i tot new batman car…

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  • papa rich on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    batman car arrived — made by nissan …

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    • It’s not made by Nissan. It’s made by a company called Delta Wing. It just has a Nissan engine albeit added quite late. Delta Wing tendered this design for Indycar but didn’t win so they’re trying it out as an experimental project for Le Mans.

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  • lchan on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    damn….wouldnt it understeer like a bitch?

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  • quottro on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    haha i bet the designer luvs batman

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  • squawk on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Cool. I totally DIG-T(his)!

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  • BanyakMasyukWang on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I think they (Nissan) should add sidewinders on both side of the delta wings to shoot at other law breaking racers!…Just joking. OR, FIA should ditch their long servicing Merc F1 SC for this… must be really interesting, what’s more, they just looked about same!

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  • While new Lambos were designed based on USAF Raptor fighter jet, this one is Nissan take on the same concept, but based on the USAF SR71 Blackbird recognissance jet. Now anyone on the Sukhois?

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  • Tazio on Mar 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    What is this nonsense..!??

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  • HONDAcity12 on Mar 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    OMG, this will be rejected bcoz of its look. performance so great but looks like moving penis

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