Nissan today unveiled a prototype project called radical DeltaWing with which compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year 2012.
The strengths of DeltaWing, operating small motor powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline, lie in its low weight and low aerodynamic drag. Both its mass and its coefficient Cx are half the value usually have half the race cars in its class.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 will be played the weekend of 16 and 17 June, but the DeltaWing Nissan can not compete directly with other participants enrolled in a conventional class (LMP1, LMP2 ...), but the project has a purely demonstrative and not competitive.
It seems ironic that in these times of economic austerity and crisis, at least in Europe, few projects are flourishing not in drag racing and more specifically in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and by extension in the Le Mans Series. Nissan has announced it will take the exit at La Sarthe circuit but unlike Audi and Toyota, whose hybrid have been confirmed in LMP1 , what the Japanese intended to be a pilot experiment to glimpse a more efficient for motorsport .
The DeltaWing comes from an old project to build a sports racing lightweight and efficient without being subject to strict regulatory approval for the championships sanctioned by the FIA, explore the possibilities of technology and aerodynamics. Nissan has sponsored over DeltaWing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, to be held in June, and enjoy the opportunity to participate in the guest status with the race number 0 and in the garage 56.
The Japanese manufacturer describes this project as an opportunity to "show a possible direction for the future of motorsport and progress in research and development of future technologies, which are filtered to the range of road cars from Nissan."
The engine, which has been given the acronym DIG-T (Gasoline Direct Injection - Turbocharged), has the same technology to road cars from Nissan, as the DIG-T Juke crowning the range of the small SUV from Nissan. is expected to produce about 300 horsepower, which should allow Nissan DeltaWing be able to record lap times on par with some of the LMP1 and LMP2 prototypes.
Its lightweight construction, its outstanding aerodynamics and an efficient petrol engine will be the key to the Nissan stand out from the rest DeltaWing of participants will gather at La Sarthe. The mechanics in charge of propelling this car is a four-cylinder engine and 1.6 liters of displacement , direct injection and turbo. A similar engine that can use a Nissan Juke 1.6i though, make no mistake, designed by and for competition.
"The Nissan DeltaWing includes many highly innovative ideas we can learn. At the same time, our engineering resources and commitment to achieve leadership in energy efficiency through strategy PureDrive DeltaWing help develop an innovative test for Nissan. ", said Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president.
With all that we have told it is understandable that we have very curious to see the result of Nissan DeltaWing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in what place is, score or not, compared to LMP1 and especially against the machines Audi and Toyota have been prepared for the occasion.
Understand that Nissan has taken a project as juicy as this to try to convince us that to some extent in essence a technology that is so similar to that used by street cars, it may be perfectly suitable and competitive in an endurance race as demanding as this. The showcase for Nissan is advertising this event is also to be considered and relevant enough to have been proposed investment.
Incidentally also serve to convince the FIA that the tendency to encourage competitiveness and participation of the leading manufacturers in the industry to competition does not just happen by reducing costs they impose some demanding technical limitations, but also allow this is a showcase for technological advances of each brand.