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.
The Nissan DeltaWing has an incredible story, and its debut season this year has been fraught with highs and lows. Many people didn’t expect it to last more than a few laps at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it was running head-to-head with the race leaders…up to the point one of Toyota’s hybrid race cars knocked it off track. The DeltaWing makes its triumphant return to the track this weekend at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
The DeltaWing has not been competing for points at all this year, but that will change for the 2013 season when this experimental race car The International Motor Sports Association approved the DeltaWing for competition next year.
This will be the real test as to whether or not the 300 horsepower DeltaWing has the chops to compete with the big boys, despite using half the fuel, half the horsepower, and half the tire changes as a standard race car. The Nissan DeltaWing’s radical design seems to defy logic, with its narrow front end and wide rear, but this experimental vehicle stands to revolutionize not just the world of racing, but of everyday cars.
And what better place than the American Le Man Series, arguably the greenest name in motorsports? From hybrids to CNG vehicles to all-electric race cars, the ALMS is the place to be to see the future of racing in action. The Nissan DeltaWing will be right at home.
Source: American Le Mans Series