Nissan DeltaWing gets ace driver for 24 Hour Le Mans

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The Nissan DeltaWing For The 24 Hour Le Mans Race

NISMO and Nissan recently brought Japanese GT ace driver Satoshi Motoyama as its third driver for the Le Mans 24 hour car race.

The Nissan DeltaWing will be the company’s car of choice for the world renowned 24 hour race that features some of the best drivers and cars putting it all on the line for 24 hours.

Satoshi Motoyam is a triple Super GT champion and will join Marino Franchitti and German Michael Krumm as Nissan’s drivers for the racing event.

The Nissan DeltaWing is viewed as an experimental project and Nissan’s aim is to be able to finish the race using half the fuel and half the number of tyres used by their rivals.

This is a pretty big objective to accomplish, but the Nissan team are well aware of the challenges ahead. So as to get a taste of the car, Satoshi got to test the car at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk ahead of car and team preparations.

Mr. Motoyama certainly looks forward to the race and expressed his gratitude to Nissan, NISMO and other DeltaWing partners for giving him an opportunity to be part of one of the greatest events in the racing world calendar.

The DeltaWing is certainly an engineer’s challenge, one that the Nissan DeltaWing project team took to the limit while coming up with the prototype. The car’s engine is a specially developed 1.6 litre DIG-T engine.

During the DeltaWing’s practice test run, NISMO’s president Shoichi Miyatani praised the team of Satoshi Motoyama and Michael Krumm, saying they were the two best racers in the current Nissan GT squad and that they would be driving the most exciting car at the race.

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  • 2nd May 2012

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