Video: Year Of The Nissan DeltaWing

With the end of 2012 approaching, it is a good time to look back on the year that brought us many triumphs and trials for all sorts of alternative fuel vehicles. If you ask me though, the most important vehicle of 2012 isn’t one you’ll ever see on public roads. Nope, it is the Nissan DeltaWing, a next-gen race car that could change everything we know about cars.

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Video: Porsche Flips Nissan DeltaWing At Petit Le Mans Practice

Bad news from the experimental Nissan DeltaWing camp. Yesterday during a practice session for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, a Porsche smacked into the Nissan DeltaWing, flipping it over. Thankfully, the driver was fine, and the team expects to be back on the track tomorrow.

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Nissan DeltaWing Approved For Competition In 2013

In case you can’t tell, the Nissan DeltaWing is one of my favorite cars to write about. The idea of racing with an emphasis on efficiency appeals on every level to my love of fast-yet-fuel-efficient cars. So you can imagine how happy I was to read that the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series has approved the Nissan DeltaWing to compete for points in the 2013 season.

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Video: Onboard The Wild Nissan DeltaWing

The Nissan DeltaWing represents a new frontier in the world of racing, using half the power, half the tires, and half the fuel of traditional race cars, while sacrificing nothing in terms of performance.

Don’t believe me? Just watch this video from on-board the DeltaWing while it does some hot laps at Road Atlanta…and you too will become a believer.

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Video: Revolutionary Nissan DeltaWing Returns To Track For Season Finale

Of all the exciting alternative fuel vehicles I cover for Gas2, none are as awesome as the Nissan DeltaWing. As a race car with half the weight, half the power, and half the fuel consumption with equivalent levels of performance, the DeltaWing is nothing short of a race car revolution. Now comes news that the DeltaWing will return for the last race of the World Endurance Championship Petit Le Mans contest.

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Video: How The Nissan DeltaWing Changes The Blueprint For Racing

The advances being made daily in automotive technology is impressive, but the research and development going into race cars is borderline mind-boggling. From Toyota’s record-setting electric Nurburgring racer to 1,500+ horsepower natural gas supercars, alternative fuels are providing a new platform for performance. Nissan’s DeltaWing racer is revving up for its Le Mans debut, and its success or failure could have huge implications for the future of racing.

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