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Saturday CarToon: Nissan DeltaWing

Track Testing the Nissan DeltaWing

As markcsc73 noted: "Now if they taught physics in schools like this more kids might enjoy it."

Published on Oct 31, 2012 by

Surely the most interesting and innovative racing car of the past 30 years, the DeltaWing finished 5th at Petit Le Mans. We drove it two days after the race.

Engineer Ben Bowlby's interview is compulsory viewing for all racing fans. A day to remember.

From a Road Atlanta press release:

The pioneering, dart-shaped Nissan DeltaWing will compete in the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda on Oct. 17-20 at Road Atlanta. The revolutionary race car was designed to perform like a contemporary sports prototype while cutting weight, fuel consumption and tire use by half. Monday's announcement came at Nissan's North American headquarters in Nashville with Nissan Americas Vice-Chairman, Bill Krueger, on hand.

"The Nissan DeltaWing's inclusion on the grid at Petit Le Mans reflects the vision and determination that embody the future of sports car racing," said ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton. "The car's participation brings a benchmark example of innovation and leading-edge automotive technology to the season finale of a remarkable season for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron."

The DeltaWing project, with ALMS founder Don Panoz as managing partner, will compete for the first time since its June debut at Le Mans. It retired from the French endurance classic after six hours, following contact with another car.

The team believes that the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans is the perfect event for the Nissan DeltaWing to not only give fans the race finish they desire, but also demonstrate its prowess on a more traditional track, as opposed to the high-speed Le Mans circuit, which also incorporates public roads.








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