Nissan Deltawing at Le Mans

The most striking car at this year’s Le Mans race, and indeed in its entire history, is the Deltawing powered by Nissan.

The jet car-like racing machine won’t be qualified in any of the categories, but just it’s presence makes the whole thing more interesting. Nissan’s innovation and engineering excellence extends to the LMP2 class of the race, expected to be the most hotly-contested category, where more than half of the field will be powered by Nissan engines and where the first two graduates of the Nissan-backed GT Academy initiative will be vying for class victory. Off-track, Nissan is determined to make Le Mans 2012 the biggest motorsport bash of the year for the thousands of fans.

So Deltawing is bringing back the true spirit of Le Mans.


Nissan press release:

Nissan is set to dominate this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16/17 both on and off the track as it seeks to evoke the original spirit of the famous endurance race.

Whether it is the pioneering, experimental Nissan DeltaWing racing car, which aims to change the face of motorsport by proving the viability of new, efficiency-driven technology, or Nissan’s dominance of the LMP2 class, where 13 of 20 cars have made the Company’s powerplant the engine of choice, Nissan’s on-track presence will be unmissable.

But away from the racetrack, Nissan will also have an abundance of entertainment for the 250,000 fans that flock to La Sarthe every year.

New product offerings in the form of the acclaimed Juke-R and the forthcoming Juke Nismo will excite petrolheads, while the promise of the ultimate Le Mans party atmosphere is provided by Nissan’s partnership with the iconic Ministry of Sound organisation, which will provide DJs for the main stage in the Nissan-sponsored Le Mans Village.

Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President, Nissan in Europe, said: “The 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours will be Nissan’s biggest yet – everything we are doing at La Sarthe this year illustrates how Nissan is the boldest, most innovative manufacturer and, moreover, how we are taking an exciting, different approach to this most famous of motor racing events.

“On-track, Nissan will be the story of the race – the radical Nissan DeltaWing, as an experimental concept, harks back to the original motor racing trailblazers of the 1920s who first set out to go as fast as possible for as long as possible. Those pioneers changed the face of motorsport and, while we can’t win with the Nissan DeltaWing because it sits outside the regulations, we can’t lose either – the huge strides it will help us make in terms of future motorsport and road car innovations means Nissan has won before the race even starts.”


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