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NISSAN BACKS GROUND-BREAKING DELTAWING PROJECT FOR LE MANS Nissan DeltaWing experimental racecar to be powered by Nissan 1.6-litre DIG-T engine technology in this generation's most revolutionary and exciting motorsport projectNissan leads efficiency charge as founding partner of projectInnovative new racing car to run at Le Mans with Nissan technologyNissan DeltaWing will act as test bed for new road car technologiesDrive for efficiency will see car use half the fuel of its conventional counterparts, bringing Nissan "PureDrive" principles to the trackInitial backers include racing legends Dan Gurney and Don Panoz, concept designer Ben Bowlby and MichelinSpecial invitation from ACO to occupy 'Garage 56'Car to wear number '0' and run outside race classification LONDON, United Kingdom (13 March 2012) - Nissan is aiming to change the face of endurance racing forever by becoming a founding partner in the most radical motorsport project of its time - Nissan DeltaWing. A highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan engine will power the remarkable DeltaWing car as it races in anger for the first time at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 June). While Nissan DeltaWing will not be classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Company is looking to showcase the pioneering technology that will show one potential direction for the future of motorsport and will feed into the research and development of future technologies, that filter down to Nissan's road car product range. A race-prepared 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, featuring direct petrol injection and a turbocharger, will power Nissan DeltaWing, which is half the weight and has half the aerodynamic drag of a conventional racer. With innovation at its core, Nissan was a natural partner to be invited into the DeltaWing family by the existing group of core partners - US-domiciled British designer Ben Bowlby, American motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz, the All-American Racers organisation of former US Formula 1 driver Dan Gurney, Duncan Dayton's two-time championship-winning Highcroft Racing team and Michelin Tyres North America. The engine, badged DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbocharged), is expected to produce around 300hp, sufficient to give Nissan DeltaWing lap times between LMP1 and LMP2 machines at Le Mans, despite having only half the power of those conventional prototypes. It features the same technology found in Nissan road cars, such as the range-topping Nissan Juke DIG-T. "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 and we were an obvious choice to become part of the project," said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "But this is just the start of our involvement. 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." "This announcement gives Nissan the opportunity to become part of a ground-breaking motorsport project and one which could shape the future of the sport," he added. Nissan DeltaWing concept originator and designer, Briton Ben Bowlby, said: "Nissan has provided us with our first choice engine. It's a spectacular piece. We've got the engine of our dreams: it's the right weight, has the right power and it's phenomenally efficient." Nissan DeltaWing is unlike any other racing car currently on track. The driver sits well back in the car, almost over the rear axle and looks ahead down a long, narrow fuselage to narrow twin front tyres, specially created for the car by tyre partner Michelin. With a rear-mounted engine, the car has a strong rearward weight bias, which makes it highly manoeuvrable, while its light weight and slippery shape make it far more efficient. Its innovative design and forward-looking technology have encouraged the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the organisers of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, to invite the car to run in this year's race from 'Garage 56', the spot in the pitlane reserved for experimental cars. As it doesn't conform to any existing championship regulations, Nissan DeltaWing will not be eligible to challenge for silverware and will carry the race number '0'. Nissan's expertise has been applied to the development of the engine, in order to make it light and efficient enough to prove the philosophy behind the concept can work in 'real-world' motor racing. The Company, always among the first to embrace such radical ideas and surprising new performance innovations, has promised to apply key learnings from the experience to inform strategies for its PureDrive aerodynamics and efficiency package for road cars, as well as its overall research & development programmes. Dan Gurney's legendary All American Racers organisation has built the DeltaWing. The new car continues the California organisation's incredible legacy as a race car constructor which has included 157 different cars built - earning major victories in Formula 1, sportscars and the Indianapolis 500. Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President, Nissan in Europe, said: "Nissan is a very innovative, forward-thinking company prepared to take a risk or two. And exactly the same applies to Nissan DeltaWing. Our involvement in the project shows the boldness of Nissan from an engineering and innovation mindset." The first two Nissan DeltaWing drivers to be confirmed are British Sportscar racer Marino Franchitti and Nissan's reigning FIA GT1 World Champion Michael Krumm. The car will make its first public demo laps at Sebring, Florida, at 12.30pm local time on Thursday, March 15.
 

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NISSAN DELTAWING HEADS TO EUROPE FOR TESTING Nissan DeltaWing to kick off the next phase of development for24 Hours of Le Mans After a week of testing at the world's toughest sportscar course, Sebring International Raceway, the Nissan DeltaWing headed to Atlanta for final preparation prior to its scheduled European test programme. It was a whirlwind month of March for the Nissan DeltaWing team. The programme kicked into high gear on March 13 with the launch of the Nissan partnership in London followed by the official unveiling of the race car at Sebring two days later on March 15. With the initial prototype built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers group in California, Panoz's EMT organisation were put to work this week to fine tune components and bodywork - using the lessons learned from the initial shakedown test at Buttonwillow in California and the Sebring test to refine the Nissan DeltaWing "mobile experiment". Like Gurney's All American Racers group, Elan has a winning pedigree having designed and built the Indy 500 and IndyCar championship-winning G-Force chassis, the DP01 Champ Car, the DP09 Superleague Formula chassis as well as cars for IMSA Lites and F2000 competition in the US. The Nissan DeltaWing will debut at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans as an additional 56th entry - an opportunity reserved by the event organisers the Automobile Club de l'Ouest for vehicles featuring new and innovative technologies. Nissan is not only providing the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine for the DeltaWing. Nissan technical personnel have been embedded within the DeltaWing team since the manufacturer first became involved and its commitment now ramps up another level as the programme moves to Europe. The DeltaWing programme was originally launched at last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans by Panoz, Gurney, DeltaWing designer Ben Bowlby and Highcroft Racing's Duncan Dayton. Michelin also has embedded personnel in the programme with the car running unique development tyres previously unseen in international sportscar competition. The front tyres on the Nissan DeltaWing are only four inches wide. BEN BOWLBY - NISSAN DELTAWING CONCEPT ORIGINATOR"There were a lot of lessons learned from our week in testing at Sebring. With the bumps, it is certainly very tough on every component and that was one of the attractions of testing there. "We've been able to make some adjustments to the car and we will continue to do so right up to the green flag at Le Mans. "Overall however, we are very pleased with the performance and the car confirmed our simulations that it does indeed turn and turns remarkably well. "While this car has half as many components as a traditional LMP car, there are still more than 3,000 new parts that have never been bolted together before. The guys did a fantastic job last week and having access to the EMT facilities this week has been brilliant. We've made a great start and we're all now very much looking forward to hitting the track in Europe." DON PANOZ - NISSAN DELTAWING MANAGING PARTNER "The world-wide response to this car has been unbelievable. It is very rewarding to see that kind of attention paid because we are involved in this project because we think it is a game changer. "It is what is needed in racing. We need to let go of the past and look forward to better fuel and tyre efficiency without sacrificing any performance. "The fact the car is so different looking has attracted so much attention but the reason why it looks like it does is because that is what is needed to produce these kind of results. "EMT has been involved in building a lot of cars in the past and we've been delighted to be involved in helping make some refinements this week using the lessons learned at Sebring. "With any new car, there are always some things you need to update after you have done some initial miles and we now look forward to the next phase of development in Europe." DARREN COX, GENERAL MANAGER, NISSAN IN EUROPE"This really is a rolling science project for Nissan. The timescales are extremely tight and we are learning every day and will do so all the way to the start of Le Mans 24 hours. "At Sebring the basic concept exceeded our expectations, Nissan's role now is to work on the reliability as we take more responsibility for the programme as it moves to Europe. "The project continues on a very steep learning curve and this is motivating and exciting everyone on the project."
 
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