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May '12

Nissan Delta Wing

Nissan Delta Wing

With its small 300hp, 1.6-liter Nissan DIG-T turbo engine the Delta Wing will be running in this years  Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16-17 and possibly in the American Le Mans Series in 2013. Backing this project is Dan Gurney’s All American Racing outfit, American Le Mans Series founder and owner Don Panoz, two-time ALMS champions Highcroft Racing and now the might of Nissan in the engine department. The DeltaWing project  carries some serious clout.   They claim the car will use 1/2 of the fuel and tires that other Le Mans cars will use while maintaining the same performance levels as the current batch of cars.  The front tires are all of 4 inches wide with 12.5 inch tires out back,  a little over 73% of the weight is on the rear tires. Lap times in testing seem to be kept quite the secret but in seeing  some of the videos available the car does seem to handle very well. This car was first being sold as the next generation of  Indy Car, I’m not too sure what that would be like. I sure do want to see a full field of these cars going at though. Although I would predict much in the way of carnage based on the arrow like shape of the car. What are your thoughts of this new machine?


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