Embrace the weird: Nissan Deltawing.

and YES this is going to be running in the 2012 Le Mans as an experimental prototype, unclassified in any class per se.  I have to say that aside from how hideous it is—I will be very excited to see this freakshow rummaging through the field at Le Mans!  Let’s just hope it doesn’t cause any accidents….and take over Ferrari’s role of poor driving.

Can it even bloody steer!? see the videos at the bottom to find out..

from Nissan:

“A highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan engine will power the remarkable DeltaWing car as it races in anger for the first time at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 June).

While Nissan DeltaWing will not be classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Company is looking to showcase the pioneering technology that will show one potential direction for the future of motorsport and will feed into the research and development of future technologies, that filter down to Nissan’s road car product range.

A race-prepared 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, featuring direct petrol injection and a turbocharger, will power Nissan DeltaWing, which is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer.


src: prwire via l’endurance

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8 thoughts on “Embrace the weird: Nissan Deltawing.

  1. Yeah, I’m with you on this one – how is it going to handle!? Maybe the chief engineers know something that we don’t.

  2. Automobiliac says:

    I dont think they are stupid enough to design a car this way just for the hell of it. If it didn’t perform, they wouldn’t get this far in the development process. I must say it’s ugly as heck, but it’s cool to see some people innovating in racing and really questioning basic assumptions rather than focusing on incremental improvements or material science breakthroughs to add speed or efficiency.

    • Automobiliac says:

      Also, I doubt Nissan, Dan Gurney, and Dario Franchitti would involve themselves in this project if it wasnt somehow promising. I hope they shock people at Le Mans with how well they do. Then again, i would hate to see racing cars look like this in the future!

    • Syed says:

      oh i agree…i can’t wait to see it racing! I do predict it will do quite badly though! lol

  3. Matt says:

    The car looks very interesting and from what i have read in other places sounds pretty cool. I had a questation for you what is your issue with Ferrari?

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  5. Razvan says:

    It must be really confusing to align this to the apex of a corner…backwheels in the grass I`m thinking…

  6. Marcel says:

    I think it would be nice to have something revolutionary like this, instead of all the evolution (due to regulations) in racing. So I hope they will be succesfull!

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