Nissan just cut ties with the DeltaWing race car project, which was never Nissan’s despite the car wearing its logo.
Instead, Nissan had a partnership with the cars creators and provided the 1.6-liter RML-tuned engine that powers it. The news follows Tuesday’s announcement that the DeltaWing project will include new engines and chassis configurations including a closed cockpit car due in May.
It isn’t entirely clear why the split occurred, but Nissan global motorsports director’s comment could hint at the underlying cause. He said Nissan is “committed to developing innovative and exciting cars both on the track and on the road.”
Nissan says it will continue to support the project from the sidelines, but new versions of the car will also now include a larger twin-turbo 1.9-liter engine based on Mazda’s production 2.0-liter MXR motor. In production form, that engine powered the MX-5 since 2006.
Output from that engine is expected to be around 345 hp and 350 lb-ft or torque.
This DeltaWing suffered devastating setbacks when it was pushed off the track during its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car suffered a devastating crash during a practice session at Road Atlanta as well that almost kept it from racing during the Petit Le Mans.