After a disappointing finish at this years 24 hours of Le Mans, the Nissan Delta Wing is preparing for its redemption race, the Petit Le Mans held at Road Atlanta Raceway.
Nissan released a video today, showing the car testing on the American track for the first time. Petit Le Mans operates under the same rules as the 24 hours of Le Mans, and a class win at the race buys the team a spot at next years 24 hours of Le Mans in France.
The Delta Wing is meant to be a design study looking into streamlining the race car to be efficient as possible, both in terms of fuel usage and tire wear. At 24 hours of Le Mans, the car was set to use half the fuel and tires compared to its competitors, before it exited the racer after a crash.
“At Petit Le Mans, we will get the chance to show the US fans just how cool this car is but also the chance to prove that it works on a much tighter, twistier road course, rather than the flat-out, 300kmh, Le Mans-style racetrack. It’s important for us to gain in lap experience, testing and driver feedback and really validate the whole concept,” said the Delta Wing’s original creator, Ben Bowlby.
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