The Nissan DeltaWing is set to tackle the American Le Mans Series as a fully classified car for 2013. That means the odd-looking racer will be eligible for points starting next year, but we won't have to wait until the new season kicks off to see the machine on North American soil. As we've previously heard, the DeltaWing will run in this weekend's Petit Le Mans competition unclassified as a factory entry. Nissan campaigned its racer in a similar fashion at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. IMSA plans to collect data on the DeltaWing at the upcoming race at Road Atlanta in order to craft a set of rules for the race car.

Organizers should have no shortage of information to analyze. Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour slog that covers 1,000 miles in 2.54-mile laps of Road Atlanta. This weekend's race kicks off at 11:30 AM EST on October 21.


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      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny to see people make negative comments about this car. Do they realize that it says nothing about this experimental project and everything about them?
        Carma Racing
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FreeThinker
        How about the fact that it could not compete with a conventionally designed car without special rules to allow it to be competitive, and that at really high power levels it would not work at all? The narrow front track does not do anything but make the car understeer so badly that it needs special vectoring differential controls to work. The rearward weight bias (~70%) is such that at higher power levels it would be a wheelie machine. It is a loser design that is being subsidized by special rules. In a free rules class, this car would never exist. Also consider that the layout has horrible side impact protection, and worse in frontal crashes as well. - and does it not remind you of the ambiguously gay duo car from Saturday nite live?
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, but everytime I see that big Nissan logo, I think of a serious missed oppurtunity by GM and Ford. Nissan is getting excellent recognition for minimal investment. I hope Ecomotors can get in on this design and have a truly innovative 21st race car.
        Carma Racing
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Maybe GM and Ford don't want to be associated with an idiot design that looks like the penismobile that the ambiguously gay duo drive on Sat. Night Live. Poor Nissan. They need to fire the guy that got them involved in this.
      nutgirdle
      • 2 Years Ago
      #corrections The date is October 20th for Petite Le Mans.
        nutgirdle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nutgirdle
        #corrections #corrections Petit Le Mans. Not a French speaker :)
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      They proved that the rear weight and downforce bias of the design would allow it to turn at racing speeds. Now they just need a chance to finish a race without being crashed out by someone else.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      I did not know Batman raced! Now we just need a the Joker car and the Riddler car! I think I would follow the serious much closer.
      Carma Racing
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe NAMBLA will sponsor it.
      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original concept car at the Chicago Auto Show was bright red. I bet painting it that color would only help. Seriously, a flat black race car? I look through a racing helmet on a regular basis, and I could see how someone could punt a smaller car like this if they couldn't see it.
      Anew
      • 2 Years Ago
      saw that car at 24 hour of Le Mans, was cool until it got punked by an Audi I believe.
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