Nissan’s Motorsport division has recently presented the DeltaWing, which will make its debut at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
With an exterior design which makes us think of the classic Batmobile and some interesting technology which might make its way onto future production models, the Nissan DeltaWing has been recently highlighted by the Japanese Motorsport division with the help of an official video. According to the manufacturer, the Nissan DeltaWing is coming with an opened cockpit and the model is teaching us that low fuel consumption doesn’t necessarily has to come from hybrid or petrol powertrains, and a simple downsizing is sometimes enough to do the trick.
Nissan says that the DeltaWing is powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine with direct injection (DIG-T / Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharge) which is able to generate a total output of 300 horsepower. The secret of why the DeltaWing is one of the fastest in its class lays in its weight: 590 kg with a full tank. The Nissan DeltaWing will be driven by Mario Franchitti, known from IndyCar, his brother, Dario Franchitti and Michael Krumm, a FIA GT1 world champion. The race car will make its debut on Thursday, the 15th of March at the Sebring track and after a few months of tests it will finally “run” on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.