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article imageMotorsports: DeltaWing race car set to fly at Le Mans

By John Duarte     Mar 29, 2012 in Technology
London - A futuristic-looking, and innovative, racing car from Nissan will go under the microscope this summer at one of the most legendary motorsport events in the world.
The Nissan DeltaWing will take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16 and 17, and showcase the technology that could pave the future of motorsports. The DeltaWing will “wear” the number “0” and will not be classified in the race. British sportscar racer Marino Franchitti and Nissan's reigning FIA GT1 World Champion Michael Krumm have been announced as the drivers for the 24-hour endurance race.
"This announcement gives Nissan the opportunity to become part of a ground-breaking motorsport project and one which could shape the future of the sport," says Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan also hopes to use the race as real-world testing and will feed the research and development of future technologies that filter down to automaker's road-car product range.
The DeltaWing on display at the 2011 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
The DeltaWing on display at the 2011 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
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“Nissan DeltaWing embodies a vast number of highly-innovative ideas that we can learn from,” Palmer adds. “At the same time, our engineering resources and commitment to fuel efficiency leadership via our PureDrive strategy will help develop DeltaWing into a testbed of innovation for Nissan."
The DeltaWing weighs half and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racing car. Powering the vehicle is a race-prepared Nissan 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, featuring direct fuel injection and a turbocharger. The Nissan engine, named DIG-T for Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbocharged, produces around 300 horsepower, which should provide DeltaWing with lap times comparable to the racers Le Mans.
DeltaWing recently made its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Among the backers of the project are American motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz, the All-American Racers organization of former US Formula 1 driver Dan Gurney, Duncan Dayton's two-time championship-winning Highcroft Racing team, concept designer Ben Bowlby and Michelin Tyres North America.
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