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.
Debuted in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race this summer, the racecar features half the weight, horsepower and aerodynamic drag of a typical Le Mans sports car. Accordingly, Nissan’s 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 racecar 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.
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.
With much of the success attributed to the highly-efficient 1.6 engine, Nissan engineers have made major progress in the use of radical aerodynamics, advanced lightweight technologies and breakthrough chassis dynamics.
For 25 years, Popular Science has honoured the innovations that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future. By showcasing those who surprise and amaze the DeltaWing has truly earned the title of revolutionizing its field.
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.
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