The innovative DeltaWing racing car that will debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be powered by Nissan. The partnership was unveiled today by the manufacturer at a media launch in London.
A race-prepared 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, featuring direct petrol injection and a turbocharger, will power the Nissan DeltaWing, which is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer.
The car was unveiled by DeltaWing designer Ben Bowlby and Nissan Head of Brand Strategy in Europe, Darren Cox at today’s function which was also attended by project Managing Partner Don Panoz and Highcroft Racing’s Duncan Dayton whose team will run the car.
The DeltaWing project brings together Bowlby, Panoz, Dayton and Dan Gurney’s All American Racers organization who built the car.
Driver Marino Franchitti was also on-site along with the newly announced second driver – Nissan’s reigning FIA GT Champion, German, Michael Krumm.
The DeltaWing will have its first public outing on Thursday, March 15 at Sebring International Raceway at 12:30pm in an event hosted by project tire partner, Michelin. The famed Florida venue hosts the opening round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship this Saturday, March 17.