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Nissan has just announced its official partnership with the bizarre yet impressive DeltaWing project, with plans to take the fighter-jet styled race car to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
Using a unique layout with the two forward wheels located next to each other in a center section, rather than at the outer corners, the driver sits almost over the rear axle with a rear-mounted engine. That engine, developed by Nissan is a turbocharged and direct-injection 1.6-liter 4-cylidner that produces around 300 hp. While half the weight of a typical Le Mans prototype, it’s expected to have lap times roughly between those of the LMP1 and LMP2 prototypes due to its light weight and aerodynamics.
“As motor racing rulebooks have become tighter over time, racing cars look more and more similar and the technology used has had less and less relevance to road car development. Nissan DeltaWing aims to change that…” said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Nissan DeltaWing embodies a vast number of highly-innovative ideas that we can learn from. At the same time, our engineering resources and commitment to fuel efficiency leadership via our PureDrive strategy will help develop DeltaWing into a testbed of innovation for Nissan”.
Designed by Ben Bowlby, other contributors to the project include Don Panoz, Dan Gurney, Michelin Tyres North America and Highcroft Racing.
Set to take to the race track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17, the DeltaWing will be piloted by British driver Marino Franchitti and current FIA GT1 World Champion, and Nissan driver, Michael Krumm. The car won’t be competing for points, or the overall title, however, and will race as an experimental prototype wearing the number O.
Until then, the nagging question of the DeltaWing has been: can it turn? A valid point considering its lop-sided looks; for the answer, watch the video below.
GALLERY: Nissan DeltaWing
German Audi tuner PPI Design has released several versions of its R8 Razor GTR over the past 18 months and has now completed the project. The official unveiling happened at the Top Marques Monaco show and there really aren’t many words for the exotic other than “impressive.”
Thanks to a supercharger kit mated to the 4.2-liter V8, the R8′s new output is 580hp at 7400 rpm and 443 ft-lbs of torque at 6200 rpm.
Weight has also been decreased significantly due in part to an all-new carbon fiber body – and a set of carbon/aluminum wheels. In total the PPI Razor GTR weights 551 lbs less than the standard R8 for a total curb weight of just 3,483 lbs. PPI claims the added power and light weight translate to a 0-62 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 206 mph.
GALLERY: PPI Razor GTR
More on the PPI Razor GTR after the jump:
PPI Design builds carbon-body Razor GTR
After releasing a mild yet incredible aero kit (called the Razor) for the Audi R8 last year, PPI Design has now unleashed the Razor GTR, a full carbon body R8. Plus, thanks to a supercharger it now makes 580hp – up significantly from the stock 420. Torque also gets a boost with 442 ft-lbs now available at 6200 rpm.
Through the Razor’s extensive body modifications PPI managed to shave off 551 lbs of weight. Carbon fiber has been used for the front and rear bumpers, wider fenders, side skirts and hood. The rear engine cover panels have also been replaced with carbon fiber ram-air intake ducts and the rear glass has been swapped out for a lighter Makrolon cover.
Additional weight savings are due to the use of DyMag carbon/magnesium wheels.
The reduction in weight and addition of horsepower make for an impressive increase in performance. PPI claims the Razor GTR can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 206 mph!
Full press release after the jump: