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Yesterday, we caught word on Twitter that the Nissan DeltaWing had crashed during testing for this weekend's Petit Le Mans. Now Nissan has provided us with some frightening footage of how the incident went down. The important thing is that driver Gunnar Jeannette is okay, but this is yet another setback for Nissan and its radically experimental prototype racecar.

Just like the DeltaWing's crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this wreck was a result of the car being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heading into Turn 11 at Road Atlanta, Jeannette was passing the Green Hornet Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, competing in the GT-Challenge class, when the Porsche veered into the side of the DeltaWing right in front of the left rear wheel. This crash might bring in to question not just concerns over the racer's visibility to other drivers, it might also raise stability concerns for the wedge-shaped car since it appears the PIT-maneuver-like contact with the Porsche would have just sent most cars into a spin rather than flipping over.

The good news for the DeltaWing is that Nissan's Steve Yaeger, technology and motorsport communications manager, says the damage wasn't that severe, and it is hoping to have the car back on the track today.

Scroll down to watch the frightening crash.


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      Whitaker Behrens
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not at all saying that the Deltawing was at fault for this or the first crash, but if visibility is really that big of an issue, perhaps they should consider painting it some color other than asphalt black? Everything other LM racer is painted with some vibrant livery. This thing should have a livery that's as awesome and attention grabbing as the very concept of the vehicle itself.
        jdeli01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Whitaker Behrens
        I wouldn't mind the Deltawing painted in a different livery. With that said, the track was not asphalt nor was it dark in color. The Porsche driver just didn't look when he made the sudden turn.
      red773
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems the delta wing may have the same issue as the 3 wheeled ATVs.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      artso06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan...Stop painting these cars black. The hardest color to see! I love the idea of a new vehicle but be smart about it.
      blkhks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Other drivers say that the deltawing is hard to see. Instead of painting it flat black - it should be painted some day glo color like orange or lime green or something. It would certainly help with the visibility. Probably should run with the lights on all the time too.
      Alan G.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously Nissan never saw Jeremy Clarkson driving the Reliant Robin, because the DeltaWing has the same instability issue. None of the other P1 or P2 car would have been flipped over so easily.
      S54_E85
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's either's fault. The design of DeltaWing can be dangerous to its driver and other drivers due narrow front and wide rear. You see there is room to your right parallel to DeltaWing but you don't know that room is quickly taken up by its much wider rear axle. Pretty sure the Porsche driver saw DeltaWing coming up and he thought there is little room on the right of him for setting up his car better for the next turn.
        Brex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @S54_E85
        I admire the DeltaWing but it's narrow-to-wide shape does have some visibility problems. If a small truck passed you pulling a trailer that was 12 feet wide, I would guess there would be similar mashups.
      yesaninsider
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think this crash had ANYTHING to do w/visibility, not based on that vid at least... It's clear that the Porsche got loose on the curb and over-corrected...wrong place/wrong time for the D-Wing...
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the green Porsche was on the rubble strips and lost control. My concern is the Delta Wing got side swiped (hard), but instead of sliding out, it was too unstable and flipped over.
      Brian Dudkowski
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it is visibility issue, why don't they paint the car a brighter color? It seems like black would be the worst color the car could be.
        mks4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Dudkowski
        I was thinking the same thing...didn't this thing get hit at night at Le Mans? Anything but black would probably be a good idea. The original red looked good.
      Anthony Williams
      • 2 Years Ago
      f'd up..in the words of Rodney Dangerfield " can't get no respect.. no respect at all"
      Danny
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looked too easy! Being in an open cockpit in a roll-over prone car isn't my deal....
      Jeff A.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan reported that the impact was a 7G impact. Not surprised that he flipped. I haven't seen too many 7G pit maneuvres (I'm sure SPIKE would have shown them by now).
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