Fate has been cruel to the unique little Nissan DeltaWing. Already an outcast because of its odd shape, the experimental prototype was unceremoniously ran off the road in its inaugural outing last June during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It's followup to that unfinished effort is supposed to be this weekend's Petit Le Mans race, the season finale of the American Le Mans Series in which the DeltaWing will be participating next year. But word from the Twitterverse is that the DeltaWing has crashed again, this time during testing for the big race at Road Atlanta. The official tweet from the DeltaWing team reads as follows.

Incident at @RoadAtlanta. GTC Porsche made contact with @gunnarjeannette who got upside down. Gunnar is ok. Car report to follow. #ALMS


Gunnar Jeannette was behind the wheel at the time of contact with the unidentified GTC Porsche and, as the tweet indicates, is "ok." Fellow series driver Bruno Junqueira, however, tweeted the above pic of the damage, which, without the context of video, looks pretty severe.

There's been no official word yet from the DeltaWing team or Nissan about what happens next, specifically whether or not the car can be repaired in time for this weekend's race or there's another one waiting in the wings. We'll let you know when we know.


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      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn. Glad to see that Gunnar wasn't hurt. Do they have enough parts to put together a 2nd car before the race?
      mcdull
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep the shape, add some extended attachment with spikes.... spy hunter XD Now, every driver will pay attention.
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      "was ran off the road" Ouch. John Neff struggling with the English language? Maybe just too eager to cross link articles.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many times do they need to be told it's hard to see before they paint it something other than matte black? Does a driver have to die before the take the hint (and explicit advice)?
      dumpus
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe for deltawing2, they'll paint it a color or give it a higher-profile body shape that actually stands out in fellow competitors' mirrors?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dumpus
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        Carma Racing
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dumpus
        Yeah - a purple nose with hair over the rear fenders.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      The shape is just dumb. In any side-to-side contact (including with the wall) it is going to be a disaster since the shape means the car will drive itself into whatever it contacts as it moves forward. Whether the shape works on its own, it's just a disaster when it races because of the dire consequences of any contact.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
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        americanjunglist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Well said. A one-make series of these things would be interesting to watch, but the design is just too impractical, especially in this setting.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Interesting idea, I've never heard someone mention it before. In oversteer situations the torque into the wall would be lessened but still there. So you think they are too unsafe to race or...? Race one at a time against the clock or only Delta wings race? I don't remember this coming up back when it was being considered for Indy car, was it mentioned then?
      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      BREAKING news... haha haha
      Kurt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Other drivers must not be able to see this car while racing due to its profile. It is apparent considering the chances of an accident happening twice in a row in the same fashion to the same car is quite slim. Therefore, it should race in its own class or have its body modified.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kurt
        You might wait until there are statements concerning the particulars of this accident before committing to that assumption. GTC cars feature bodies based largely on production models, giving them superior outward visibility than prototypes like the Toyota TS030, which offer much less than 180° of frontal/side sight once their door pillars, high fenders, and low seating are factored in. Speaking of prototypes, several similar incidents have occurred over the past few seasons. I don't doubt that prototypes' lower, lesser profiles give GT drivers fits, but I think the greater issue is their superior quickness and agility, as it allows them overtaking and positioning opportunities a class peer wouldn't dare try.
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope to the gods we don't hear the "Oh I couldnt see it" excuse like we did at LeMans. Hoping its just a legit accident, dirt on the track, worn tires pushed to far and so on. Its a great car and has potential imo.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
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      DrAngus4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Paint the damn thing a brighter color!!!
      Tweak589
      • 2 Years Ago
      Change drivers, now.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the drivers of conventional race cars don't want the upstart to succeed. "Take him out!"
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