If you find yourself anywhere near Road Atlanta between October 17-20, you might want to pop by for a bit of history. Nissan’s ever controversial and wildly entertaining Delta Wing experimental race car is entered to race Petit Le Mans in the ALMS finale.
While its run at the Le Mans 24 Hours was cut short due to a collision with a Toyota LMP1 race car, it didn’t stop the driver, Motoyama, from trying to get it back to the pits to attempt at finishing the race. Sadly, despite his valiant efforts he wasn’t able to limp the car home.
Fans of the Delta Wing have since demanded the car run again before the 2012 ALMS season ends. Their prayers were answered and the car has landed on American soil to flex its muscle again amidst a sea of “traditional” race cars.
The Delta Wing adopts proposed concepts about the future of racing. Smaller high-performance, range-extending engines coupled with advanced aerodynamics. If you were to watch the race with a birds-eye-view, the car almost looks as if a it’s a moving suggestive hand signal flying across the track. We’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out what single we are referring to.
Seeing as the car itself is breaking new ground in racing, Nissan has been no stranger to this as of late. Nissan’s partnership with SPEED TV and the GranTourismo racing simulation game have spawned the largest new racing talent showcase program on the planet. Taking people off their couches and getting them into real racing environments and cars. Lucas Ordonez possessed enough talent and poise to be crowned the Nissan GT Academy winner of 2008.
Lucas will be piloting the Delta Wing, to hopefully more than six laps (as we saw in Le Mans) to gain even more data and feedback for the engineers.
UPDATE: We have learned the Delta Wing has wrecked during a practice shake down. The driver is ok but the car did land upside down in the gavel. Developing story.