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Monday
Dec032012

NISSAN DELTAWING SCORES AUTOSPORT MAGAZINE PIONEERING AND INNOVATION AWARD 

The Nissan While it may not have been eligible for silverware at the 24 Hours of Le Mans or Petit Le Mans, the Nissan DeltaWing’s contribution to motorsport innovation has continued to be recognized with Autosport Magazine awarding the car its Pioneering and Innovation Award at the prestigious Autosport Awards in London overnight.

Concept originator Ben Bowlby was presented with the prize overnight by the car’s chief development driver Marino Franchitti at the black-tie event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

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Friday
Nov022012

NISSAN DELTAWING DRIVER'S LEAP OF FAITH

Monday
Oct222012

RELIVE THE PETIT LE MANS ACTION


Monday
Oct222012

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: PETIT LE MANS TOP FIVE

Mission accomplished! The Nissan DeltaWing had one goal entering its North American debut at Petit Le Mans - score a race finish.

The team not only completed the 1000 mile journey at Road Atlanta today, but American Gunnar Jeannette and Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez demonstrated stunning pace throughout the race to finish fifth in the endurance classic. 

Running unclassified as an invitational entry for the final round of the American Le Mans Series, the Nissan DeltaWing team were forced to start off the back of the grid and subsequently lost additional track position by missing out on a number safety car “wave arounds” throughout the race.

The unique 1.6 liter Nissan DIG-T turbochaged-powered machine eventually crossed the line three laps down from the P2 class winning car.

Jeannette started the race for the Nissan DeltaWing squad and immediately began a charge through the pack - passing eight cars on the opening lap.

By the time he handed over to Ordoñez, the No.0 car had moved up to eigth position out of the 42 car field.  The Spaniard took over and completed a triple stint - handing back to Jeannette from third place overall.

The Michelin tire-equipped Nissan DeltaWing continued to show incredible endurance when Jeannette returned to the wheel - this time completing a quadruple stint without changing tires.

Ordoñez took over for the final 110 laps - bringing the car across the line in sixth place. The team gained a further position after the checkered flag when a P2 car was excluded due to a driver exceeding the maximum drive time permitted.

Today’s performance was made even more remarkably considering the team had to completely rebuild the car on Wednesday after Jeannette was forced into a dramatic roll-over in testing when he was struck by a GTC-class Porsche. Click the header graphic above to view a time lapse of the rebuild.

Featuring half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical Le Mans sportscar, the Nissan DeltaWing captured the imagination of fans and media alike at its race debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Sadly, the car was forced out after six hours due to contact with another prototype. This established a target for the Nissan DeltaWing team for Petit Le Mans.

Just getting to the race finish was that target - one that was achieved with flying colors.

 

LUCAS ORDOÑEZ

“It was a great job by all the team and everyone has worked so hard all week.

“There has been so much work put into developing this car and then after the crash this week made for even more work.

“We’ve now crossed the finish line in a 10 hour race. Gunnar did an amazing job during his stints and I was able to be consistent and show good pace.

“The car was fantastic to drive, Michelin did a great job with the tires and we’ve been working really hard on developing the entire package.

“We’ve shown everyone in motorsport that the car is really strong and fast. We’re here with a new concept of half the weight, half the power and half the aerodynamic drag - but with pace that is very comparable to the P2 cars.

“I’m really proud to cross the line at the finish and I’m now ready to celebrate with the guys.”

ENGLISH: LUCAS ORDOÑEZ RACE RECAP

 

SPANISH: LUCAS ORDOÑEZ RACE RECAP

 

 

 

GUNNAR JEANNETTE

“I’m super proud to be involved in a program like this. The Nissan DeltaWing was amazing all day long and we’re able to triple-stint our Michelin tires and the car literally performed flawlessly, as did the crew.

“I’m very happy where we ended up but it would have been nice to be running as an official entry and not gotten so many P2 cars waved by us under yellow, especially after we started at the back.

“We showed what we were capable of today and we certainly made a lot of people happy to see the car run.

“I’ve seen Ben (Bowlby) smile a lot with this program over the past few weeks but I’ve never seen him smile this big as he is right now.”

GUNNAR JEANNETTE RACE RECAP

 

 

  

BEN BOWLBY - NISSAN DELTAWING

“It is amazing what has happed in 12 months. This was our goal to finish our first endurnace race.

“This is the first one we’ve finished and it is only our second race.

“The guys did an incredible job. Gunnar and Lucas were awsome and they drove drove its guts out.

“In fact, if you look at the lack of wave arounds we had we really had a very competitive race.

“It was the next step for the Nissan DeltaWing and it is still surprising us all. To have reliability like that was really quite incredible - it didn’t skip a beat.”

BEN BOWLBY RACE RECAP

 

 

 

 

DON PANOZ - DELTAWING RACING CARS

“I’m very proud of the what the guys achieved today because they really pulled off the perfect race.

“They kept out of trouble, stayed off the kerbs, didn’t put a mark on the car, had perfect pit stops. It really was very impressive.

“The crowd reaction here at Road Atlanta was also great to see. The car was certainly an amazing favorite with huge numbers of people wanting to get a closer look - especially on the pre-race grid walk.

“There is no doubt there is certainly a lot of interest from the fans in seeing this car race again soon.”

 

 


DARREN COX - NISSAN

“The reaction from the fans, the drivers, the crew - everybody is cheering and whooping.

“It has been a short time but a long journey to see the Nissan DeltaWing achieve this result.

“We’ve had big challenges - the crash at Le Mans and the crash here - but everyone has always kept the faith and they’ve been rewarded by a great result.

“The drivers did an amazing job. There is not a mark on the car - they tip-toed through traffic but still recorded great lap times.

“We finished the race and that is what we set out to do. Mission accomplished.”

DARREN COX RACE RECAP

  

Friday
Oct192012

NISSAN DELTAWING TOP TEN IN QUALIFYING

The Nissan DeltaWing completed a brilliant comeback from Wednesday’s dramatic practice crash to qualify 10th fastest for tomorrow’s Petit Le Mans - the car’s North American race debut.

Gunnar Jeannette recorded a fastest lap of 1 minute, 12.850 seconds for the the 2.54 mile Road Atlanta circuit. The lap was the team’s fastest achieved this week and placed the Nissan DeltaWing in the middle of the P2 class pack.

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Friday
Oct192012

NISSAN DELTAWING TIMELAPSE VIDEO

Friday
Oct192012

NISSAN DELTAWING READY FOR QUALIFYING

The Nissan DeltaWing is ready for qualifying at Petit Le Mans after the crew completed a marathon overnight repair job after Wednesday’s dramatic roll-over.

Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche during Wednesday testing. The Nissan DeltaWing was extensively damaged after tumbling down the hill exiting turn 11.

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Wednesday
Oct172012

NISSAN DELTAWING ROAD ATLANTA CRASH VIDEO

Wednesday
Oct172012

NISSAN DELTAWING ATTACKED IN ROAD ATLANTA TESTING

The Nissan DeltaWing’s assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans event suffered a set-back in testing today when Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche and forced into a vilolent roll.

The Nissan DeltaWing was only 4/10ths of a second slower than the fatest P2 car in sixth place on the timesheet in this afternoon’s session. Unfortuantely during the session Jeannette was passing a GTC class Porsche when he was struck violently in the left rear wheel.

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Wednesday
Oct172012

NISSAN DELTAWING AIMING TO COMPLETE UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The unique race car which features half the weight, half the power and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical Le Mans sporstcar was originally unveiled 12 months ago at Petit Le Mans when Michelin tires was revealed as the program’s first technical partner.

The Project 56 DeltaWing group soon teamed up with major technical partner Nissan for the Le Mans assault that took advantage of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Garage 56 concept - allowing new and innovative technology to be showcased at the world’s greatest endurance race.

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