NISSAN BACKS GROUND-BREAKING DELTAWING PROJECT FOR LE MANS

Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by in Nissan Canada

03.13.2012

, LONDON

NISSAN BACKS GROUND-BREAKING DELTAWING PROJECT FOR LE MANS

Nissan DeltaWing initial racecar to be powered by Nissan 1.6-litre DIG-T engine record in this generation’s many insubordinate and sparkling motorsport project
  • Nissan leads potency assign as initial partner of project
  • Innovative new racing automobile to run during Le Mans with Nissan technology
  • Nissan DeltaWing will act as exam bed for new highway automobile technologies
  • Drive for potency will see automobile use half a fuel of a required counterparts, bringing Nissan “PureDrive” beliefs to a track
  • Initial backers embody racing legends Dan Gurney and Don Panoz, judgment engineer Ben Bowlby and Michelin
  • Special invitation from ACO to occupy ‘Garage 56′
  • Car to wear series ‘0′ and run outward competition classification

Nissan is aiming to change a face of continuation racing perpetually by apropos a initial partner in a many radical motorsport plan of a time – Nissan DeltaWing.

A highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan engine will energy a conspicuous DeltaWing automobile as it races in annoy for a initial time during a mythological Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 June).

While Nissan DeltaWing will not be personal in a 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, a Company is looking to showcase a pioneering record that will uncover one intensity instruction for a destiny of motorsport and will feed into a investigate and growth of destiny technologies, that filter down to Nissan’s highway automobile product range.

A race-prepared 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, featuring approach petrol injection and a turbocharger, will energy Nissan DeltaWing, that is half a weight and has half a aerodynamic drag of a required racer.

With creation during a core, Nissan was a healthy partner to be invited into a DeltaWing family by a existent organisation of core partners – US-domiciled British engineer Ben Bowlby, American motorsport businessman Don Panoz, a All-American Racers classification of former US Formula 1 motorist Dan Gurney, Duncan Dayton’s two-time championship-winning Highcroft Racing group and Michelin Tyres North America.

The engine, badged DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharged), is approaching to furnish around 300hp, sufficient to give Nissan DeltaWing path times between LMP1 and LMP2 machines during Le Mans, notwithstanding carrying usually half a energy of those required prototypes. It facilities a same record found in Nissan highway cars, such as a range-topping Nissan Juke DIG-T.

“As engine racing rulebooks have turn tighter over time, racing cars demeanour some-more and some-more identical and a record used has had reduction and reduction aptitude to highway automobile development. Nissan DeltaWing aims to change that and we were an apparent choice to turn partial of a project,” pronounced Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

“But this is only a start of a involvement. Nissan DeltaWing embodies a immeasurable series of highly-innovative ideas that we can learn from. At a same time, a engineering resources and joining to fuel potency care around a PureDrive plan will assistance rise DeltaWing into a testbed of creation for Nissan”.

“This proclamation gives Nissan a event to turn partial of a ground-breaking motorsport plan and one that could figure a destiny of a sport,” he added.

Nissan DeltaWing judgment begetter and designer, Briton Ben Bowlby, said: “Nissan has supposing us with a initial choice engine. It’s a fantastic piece. We’ve got a engine of a dreams: it’s a right weight, has a right energy and it’s phenomenally efficient.”

Nissan DeltaWing is distinct any other racing automobile now on track. The motorist sits good behind in a car, roughly over a back spindle and looks forward down a long, slight fuselage to slight twin front tyres, specifically combined for a automobile by tyre partner Michelin. With a rear-mounted engine, a automobile has a clever rearward weight bias, that creates it rarely manoeuvrable, while a light weight and sleazy figure make it distant some-more efficient.

Its innovative pattern and forward-looking record have speedy a Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), a organisers of a famous Le Mans 24 Hours, to entice a automobile to run in this year’s competition from ‘Garage 56′, a mark in a pitlane indifferent for initial cars. As it doesn’t heed to any existent championship regulations, Nissan DeltaWing will not be authorised to plea for silverware and will lift a competition series ‘0′.

Nissan’s imagination has been practical to a growth of a engine, in sequence to make it light and fit adequate to infer a truth behind a judgment can work in ‘real-world’ engine racing. The Company, always among a initial to welcome such radical ideas and startling new opening innovations, has betrothed to request pivotal learnings from a knowledge to surprise strategies for a PureDrive aerodynamics and potency package for highway cars, as good as a altogether investigate growth programmes.

Dan Gurney’s mythological All American Racers classification has built a DeltaWing. The new automobile continues a California organisation’s implausible bequest as a competition automobile constructor that has enclosed 157 opposite cars built – earning vital victories in Formula 1, sportscars and a Indianapolis 500.

Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President, Nissan in Europe, said: “Nissan is a really innovative, forward-thinking association prepared to take a risk or two. And accurately a same relates to Nissan DeltaWing. Our impasse in a plan shows a arrogance of Nissan from an engineering and creation mindset.”

The initial dual Nissan DeltaWing drivers to be reliable are British Sportscar racer Marino Franchitti and Nissan’s reigning FIA GT1 World Champion Michael Krumm. The automobile will make a initial open demo laps during Sebring, Florida, during 12.30pm internal time on Thursday, Mar 15.

Contact:

Gabi Whitfield
Product Communications
Gabi.Whitfield@nissan.co.uk
+44 7768 80 20 84

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