(VIDEO) Nissan Deltawing: partnership for the most efficient gasoline race car
The Deltawing developed by Highcroft Racing has just formalized a strategic partnership with the manufacturer Nissan that will offer to the prototype "Garage 56" of 2012 Le Mans an efficient 4 cylinder engine.
The Garage 56 or Project 56 is reserved by the ACO to innovative projects allowing to test the performances of a prototype in race conditions, but outside the general classification.
For the record the Deltawing is more efficiency for equal performance, with much less weight, tires and drag.
Deltawing now features the colors of Nissan that becomes a founding partner of the project providing a new generation four cylinder, the 1.6 DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbocharged) specially prepared for the race, it develops 300hp!
Nissan joins Deltawing’s previous partners:
Dan Gurney and Don Panoz, the designer Ben Bowlby and Michelin USA.
With the Nissan Deltawing, the objective is to use two times less fuel with performance similar to LMP1 and LMP2, despite a power cut by half!
"But this is just the start of our involvement. Nissan DeltaWing embodies a vast number of highly-innovative ideas that we can learn from. At the same time, our engineering resources and commitment to fuel efficiency leadership via our PureDrive strategy will help develop DeltaWing into a testbed of innovation for Nissan".
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Innovative in its lines and its technological bias, the Deltawing also offers a special place for the pilot who seats at the back of the vehicle in front of the engine on the rear axle.
Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm have been selected to drive the most efficient race car!