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Wednesday
Nov282012

More DeltaWing

Even more DeltaWing at Petit Le Mans

Press release from Nissan...

The Nissan DeltaWing has been named one of Popular Science's "2012 Best of What's New" products and innovations in the magazine's December 2012 issue. The winners, presented across 12 categories, include 100 top tech innovations that represent significant advancements in their areas.

The Nissan DeltaWing debuted in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race this summer. The most ground-breaking motorsport innovation of its time, the racecar features half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical Le Mans sports car. Accordingly, Nissan DeltaWing only consumes about half the fuel of a typical Le Mans prototype car, as well.

The vehicle's unconventional specifications, which include four-inch-wide front tires, allow the 1,250-pound DeltaWing to reach 200 miles per hour with the same amount of power used in a high-end family sedan, versus the real world equivalent of 600 horsepower required by other Le Mans racers.

Darren Cox, Nissan's Global Motorsport Director, said: "The Nissan DeltaWing was designed and built with the initial aim of completing the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans using just half the fuel and half the tires of contemporary sports prototypes. This recognition from Popular Science is evidence that the Nissan DeltaWing is truly something different, and we're glad that its innovative contributions to racing have been recognized."

Popular Science's editor-in-chief, Jacob Ward, added: "For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future. The 'Best of What's New' list is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants – are each a revolution in its field."

"One of the key elements to the success of the DeltaWing is its highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan 1.6 engine," added Cox. "During the project, our engineers learned a lot about high performance, high efficiency engines as well as radical aerodynamics, advanced lightweight technologies and breakthrough chassis dynamics. All these things are important trends in road car development. Nissan used this project to fast track our learning."

In October, the DeltaWing scored its first-ever race finish, taking fifth place overall in the grueling 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in Georgia despite starting from the back of the grid of 42 endurance racers.

For those eager to see the innovative racecar up close, the Nissan DeltaWing will make its North American auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where it will be on display to the public from November 30 to December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


Wednesday
Jun062012

DeltaWing at Le Mans

The Nissan DeltaWing is practicing at Le Mans...agreed a video is worth a gazillion words.

 

Friday
Mar162012

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

when you rock the world pays attentionIts Friday...its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, we have our usual cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation, share your thoughts, leave a comment.

The spring bug must have bitten us, we have lined up a few interesting vehicles to review in the following weeks, stay tuned...

Think about this, there have been winters, snow, cars, vehicles in Canada for countless years, and all recent vehicles have a myriad of technology empowered features that make them safer in adverse winter conditions. At the same time more manufacturers have winter driving courses to experience their vehicles in snow, ice, and adverse conditions. Back in the day there were no winter driving courses....need we say much more...an empty section of a parking lot in winter worked just fine to understand what "your" vehicle did, and how "your" vehicle (the one you drive) behaves...

Experiencing the other guy's vehicle, with the other guy's tires, with the other guy's ABS, traction control, electronic stability, brake assist...is educational, but how useful is it to understanding how "your" vehicle behaves, and what it will do...

Perhaps most folks need to be reminded that they have all this technology in their vehicles.

Before we forget..how could we...an informative article on computers, humans, society, including the photo of the first microprocessor...here.

Is it just us, or are you also noticing a propensity of content on the "autoblogosphere" that seems to fill content voids, as usual we encourage you to be your own editor more now than ever before.

Back in 2008 we did a series on High Performance Economy Efficiency (HPEE)...here needless to mention that the Nissan DeltaWing...here is a perfect example of HPEE and as expected faced appreciable hurdles to become a reality.

Make it a point to catch the Australian Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2012 F1 season.

The Amelia Island Coucours...Best of Show...here.

Impressive photo gallery of Amelia...here.