The Le Mans 24 hours is one of the most prestigious races in motorsport history. Sitting on par with royalty such as the Monaco Grand Prix or the Dakar Rally, everyone is out to have their name calved into the history books of this race. The range of cars competing spans multiple classes including the top dogs in LMP1, however Nissan’s 2012 car is so radical that it gets its own classification.
To be branded with the number 0 on race day, this is the Nissan DeltaWing. The Japanese say that this car could change the face of endurance racing with its radical new design. Powered by a 300BHP 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine (not diesel like the previous winners) it is down on raw grunt in comparison to the lead cars. Yet, the DeltaWing has a couple of aces up its sleeve. Thanks to the cars superior aerodynamic form it should be the fastest in terms of top speed and can produce times just a little slower than the LMP1 cars. “Hmmm but that is still not as quick as an LMP1?” Very true but the lack of drag means that the DeltaWing uses half the amount of fuel, and as we all know, this race can be won or lost in the pit lane.