The main news regarding the coming Le-Mans was about the Audi prototype and it looks like Nissan is ready to surprise us with its magnificent racing strategy and committed hardwork.
A highly-advanced and efficient Nissan engine will be powering 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.
To reduce drag and optimize weight bias, the engine is mounted behind the driver and power is sent to the rear wheels. With both the engine and driver mounted far back in the carbon fiber chassis, the ultra-thin front tires don’t have to move much to elicit a change in direction.
The DeltaWing is running in a class of one, taking the Garage 56 spot at LeMans and wearing a ‘0’ on its sides, both of which indicate that it’s a noncompetitive, exhibition racer.
With Nissan providing the engine and Michelin providing the rubber; this 1,300 pound ferocious machine is all set to takedown other cars if it was churning out its rubber in a real race.
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