Nissan Delta Wing passes first full wet-weather test

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The Nissan Delta Wing

The Nissan Delta Wing, the innovative 1.6-litre Nissan DIG-T powered car, passed its first full wet weather challenge with flying colours.

The Nissan Delta Wing features half the weight, horsepower and aero dynamic drag of a traditional Le Mans sports car. It has front tyres that are unusually narrow – just four inches wide!

Darren Cox, General Manager Nissan in Europe, said;

“The whole Nissan Delta Wing team is still on a massive learning curve. Testing in the States was a stable, predictable way of doing the initial groundwork but this exciting car is going to be racing in the French countryside. Today, the whole team got a taste of the conditions they may well face on June 16/17, so it may not have been much fun in the Norfolk rain, but it’s about the best thing that could have happened for a project and a car that will face an enormous challenge just to make the end of the race.”

The Nissan Delta Wing will make its debut at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Nissan’s involvement in the program was announced in March, with the manufacturer not only providing the engine, but additional technical resources for the car’s debut.

Unlike all the other fuel guzzling super vehicles gearing up for the demanding race, the Nissan DeltaWing uses half the gas thanks to its smaller engine, lighter weight and more aerodynamic design.

The Nissan Delta Wing will continue its testing program next week with a two-day test scheduled. A programme that allows for the lease of the Nissan Delta Wing is also being worked on.

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer. It employs more than 12,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations.

Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced a range of vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Nissan says that technology from the Delta Wing will filter down to its road car range.

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Andrew Kirkley
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  • 24th April 2012

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