The test results for Nissan's experimental racing prototype look promising.
Nissan hasn't been shy about promoting their experimental high-endurance racer, the DeltaWing, over the past few months. Ever since its reveal in March, they've been busy prepping it for its big track debut in the experimental category at Le Mans. The car was also successfully tested at the 12 Hours of Sebring. According to reports from the automaker, the team enjoyed a trouble-free day and completed every lap but one on a single set of Michelin slick tires.
All told, the DeltaWing completed 54 laps with Michael Krumm, Satoshi Motoyama, and Marino Franchitti behind the wheel. So how fast is this thing? Nissan claims that Motoyama completed the first lap of the day in just 3 minutes, 47.980 seconds, almost in their target pace of 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with direct injection and a total output of 300hp. It features half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical prototype. Besides the highly regarded test drivers, American motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz is also a part of the project. He stated that during the testing process, "we're not going to charge over kerbs, chasing fast times or taking risks - this is all about completing 24 Hours of Le Mans using significantly less resources than anybody else."