We've seen the Nissan DeltaWing running shakedown laps, but now the bonanza of teaser vids will truly begin as the DeltaWing prepares in earnest for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since it has shown it can actually handle a track at speed, the latest step in the process is to verify how it handles the wind.

Nissan Europe will be producing a video roughly every two weeks tracking the DeltaWing's evolution, and after the race Audi's sequel to Truth in 24 will be joined by a documentary on Nissan's isosceles racer. Scroll down for Nissan's take in words and video.




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Nissan DeltaWing Development Film Series Kicks Off
Wind Tunnel Testing - Part 1 of "Behind the Scenes" Story Showing Development of Experimental Le Mans Car

- First Nissan DeltaWing development film unveiled
- Video series to tell 'behind-the-scenes' story of revolutionary car's challenging journey on the road to Le Mans 24 Hours debut
- European based testing to begin next week


With European testing due to kick off next week for the Nissan DeltaWing, a new online film series highlighting the development of the revolutionary Le Mans 24 Hours entry was launched today.

Commissioned by Nissan and hosted at the Nissan in Europe YouTube page, the multi-part series will highlight different aspects of the car's development and show the challenges of getting such an innovative project to its current stage and the huge task the team faces to finish the Le Mans 24 hours.

As it did with its similarly innovative Juke-R project, Nissan is breaking new ground in the way it makes the development process behind its highest-profile campaigns as accessible as possible.

New episodes of the film series will be launched roughly every two weeks between now and Le Mans and will culminate in a TV documentary, which will air after the endurance classic in June.

A Nissan film crew has followed the development of the unique racer, filming every move of Nissan DeltaWing designer Ben Bowlby and his engineering team as they have built the car, as well as recording how Nissan's 1.6-liter DIG-T engine has been developed to be the ideal partner engine for the project.

When the car races at Le Mans it will be thanks to a number of key partners in the project. In addition to Nissan and Bowlby, project managing partner Don Panoz has been key to the car's development, Dan Gurney and his All-American Racers organization has built the prototype car in California and Duncan Dayton's Highcroft Racing outfit and Michelin have also been heavily involved.

The first video in the series highlights the wind tunnel work on the car, carried out at the Windshear facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ben Bowlby said: "We've had the Nissan film crew following our every move throughout the development of the car over the past few months and this will give the fans a great insight into the creation of the Nissan DeltaWing.

"It was a bit strange at first to have a camera poked under our nose all the time but, after a while, the guys really felt like part of the team.

"The finished product will be brilliant for the fans to get to see what goes on behind the scenes in the creation a project as unique as the Nissan DeltaWing.

"The wind tunnel work in particular was a key component of the project. The data we had from the scale model development and what our computer simulations told us showed we were moving in the right direction.

"Getting the full-sized car in the wind tunnel really cemented that. In fact, the final results actually exceeded our expectations."

Darren Cox, General Manager, Nissan in Europe, said: "As soon as Nissan's involvement with the DeltaWing project began and long before it was announced, we wanted to make sure that the challenge of bringing such a revolutionary car to the race track was properly recorded.

"This is an innovative project that could change the face of motorsport and the fans should be shown the full story. Too often motorsport development is hidden away and kept secret. Nissan want to make this exciting part of the sport accessible. These films will give some insight into the very steep learning curve the team faces to even get to the Le Mans 24 Hours."

To watch the series of films, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/nissanineurope


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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Half the power, half the weight, half the drag, all the fun.
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would think Nissan made the Delta wing
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that a 140 mph treadmill under the car? Time for a Vonage ad. Woo ho- ho ho ho.
        Kern8471
        • 2 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Not sure who makes that one but I've seen the MTS treadmill in person, I think the guy said it could do +200 mph. Pretty insane.
      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but that thing is the worst looking 'vehicle' I have ever seen. Looks straight off the set of a 90's era Batman movie that mated with a dragster. I realize that it's a product of form over function but geezz... It is interesting to think that it can actually turn though corners though. '
        Benny90
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benny90
        Function over form.. I just can't see how this will help with the ability of taking knowledge and innovation from the prototype racers and bringing it to road cars considering the extreme shape. I am however interested to see how it fares at Le Mans should make it interesting!
      Carma Racing
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the San Fransisco school of automotive design. GAY!
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting to see someone put their car in the windtunnel, then put a competitors car 25 feet in front of it...in the wind tunnel. Every car out there is tuned in clean air. How will it fair chasing for the lead with two laps to go?
        The Truth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Not many wind tunnels are capable of doing that. I know BMW has the ability to do that, placing two F1 cars in front of each other.
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is absolutely fvcking sick! Love the technology, love the passion behind such project. Too bad wind tunnels are so damn expensive to rent/run.