• Jun 16, 2012
If you've been keeping tabs on the crew at TopGear.com, you know they recently embarked on the ambitious task of building a replica of the new Nissan DeltaWing prototype race car. After enlisting the help of custom-car builder Andy Saunders, the crew looks to have succeeded, and the machine is on its way to cover this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. The finished product looks no more ludicrous or phallic than the real deal. Surprisingly enough, the creation will have no part in either the actual race or even the "Top Gear" television show we all know and love.

Power comes from a 1.6-liter Ford four-cylinder engine, and the rear wheels are borrowed from a Ford Mondeo. The steering rack originally belonged to a Hillman Imp, and the body work comes from such eclectic nameplates as the Peugeot 207, Fiat 126 and Morris 1000. All told, the machine took Saudners 337 work hours over fewer than 40 days to stitch together. Not too shabby.


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      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      Figured this wouldnt be on the actual show...its way to professional and way to functional.
      jmchladek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Basically, it is a 1 to 1 scale model. Even James May could appreciate that. Nice bit of work actually as the only obvious difference I can spot is the tail lights are round instead of the arrow shaped ones that LeMans seemed to mandate. Too bad the real delta wing got taken out by an over ambitious Toyota prototype driver. Of course I suppose it was revenge for an over ambitious GT Ferrari driver taking out the other Toyota prototype in the process (that wreck dang well should never have happened).
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt they're gonna go to all this trouble and not put this thing on the tv show.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have snuck this one in to replace the real deal at Le Mans.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it have an ejaculation, er, i mean eject button?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        [blocked]
      dmisiak
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love cars...but, if they took Top Gear off the air it wouldn't bother me in the least. Most of the stunts, yes stunts, are stupid....that may actually apply to the 3 stooges that are host!
        Stang70Fastback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dmisiak
        I respect your right to have an opinion... ...even if that opinion sucks monkey ballz.
      T REXX
      • 2 Years Ago
      yea your right.."BATMOBILE"...LOL
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Josh C
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks way better than the RVs that they built a while ago...
      hardingfrn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the latest rendition of the Batmobile.
      Patrick G. Dulaney
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it ironic the tag ends in VHR.
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been following this build on their website from the beginning. And honestly it's looked off from the get go. I can appreciate the work that was involved, and especially in such a short time frame. But the body work has more waves than the Atlantic. Also it's considerably more "phallic" shaped than the real Deltawing with their modified dimensions of the car. While the real car looks more rocket/landspeed based, the wider nose to house the front wheels on the replica just accentuates it's....."look".
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