Nissan Delta's dawn in the UK

Thursday, 19 April 2012 9:09 AM

Nissan DeltaWing

The new Nissan DeltaWing. It's a racecar, but not as we know it


In some predictably British weather (read, much wetness), Nissan put the Nissan DeltaWing through its paces at the Snetterton circuit. It was the first session of European testing for Nissan's prototype sportscar, a 1.6-litre turbo. All previous testing has been done in America thus far.

It has half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a traditional Le Mans car and the front tyres are just four inches wide.

The UK testing, which has been used primarily to improve the tyres, suspension, braking and gearbox, is all part of the development of this highly experimental car as Nissan aims to run it in the Le Mans 24 Hours. That's just around the corner on June 16-17 - they've got a tight deadline! And thanks to the heavens opening on the track, it was a great opportunity to learn that it was indeed a fine machine in soggy conditions. Up until now, it had only been tested in the wet on an artificially damp track in Sebring.

Driven by Scotland's Marino Franchitti and Germany's Michael Krumm, Nissan has provided the engine and technical resources for the car's big raceday debut. The partnership to create the DeltaWing has also involved designer Ben Bowlby, project managing partner and American Le Mans Series founder, Don Panoz; constructor, Dan Gurney's All American Racers organisation and Le Mans entrant, Duncan Dayton's Highcroft Racing.

It's certainly a head-turner and we're looking forward to seeing how it will perform come Le Mans.
 







By Georgia Lewis

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