With its low weight, extreme fuel efficiency, and radical engineering, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re big fans of Nissan’s Deltawing LeMans racer here at Gas2. Watching the car get knocked out of contention at this weekend’s LeMans race, then, was tough.
As tough as it was on us, it was a LOT tougher on the car’s drivers, especially when the accident was in no way their fault. Watch Japanese driver Satoshi Motoyama, who was slammed into the wall by one of the Toyota TS03030 hybrids, try to fix the crashed Deltawing on the track. Satoshi begins openly crying as he fails to get it back on the road, even though everyone knew the odds of him getting the Deltawing back on the track were non-existent. If you don’t tear up a little bit,
your priorities are way off you have never known either the thrill of victory, or the emotion of defeat.
After working for two hours, Satoshi Motoyama still couldn’t get “the most radical car to take to Le Mans in the last half century” back to the pits to continue on. He deserved every bit of the applause he got, and more. Seriously, how many other drivers would have given up after 5 fruitless minutes? Yet Satoshi soldiered on, attempting to repair what may be the most important development in racecar performance and efficiency technology in the last 100 years. You have to admire the spirit of a man like that.
Here’s to you, Satoshi – better luck next year! And let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see the Deltawing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.