It was a tumultuous year for the Nissan DeltaWing. After garnering the support of sponsors and fielding one of the most unique race cars in recent history, the team suffered an early crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that saw them sidelined during the remainder of the car's debut race. Likewise, a collision during qualifying at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta put the team at the back of the pack for the race. Even so, the car managed to fight its way through the field of competitors to place fifth overall.

Needless to say, the car, its drivers and its team have learned some serious lessons in its first year. To commemorate the DeltaWing's first season on the world's race tracks, Nissan has worked up a quick retrospective video documenting the car's trials and triumphs in 2012. You can check it out by scrolling below.



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      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      At first I was'nt sure about this car. I wondered how it might understeer. But now I'm kind of excited for the engineering team that came up with this concept. Much less weight, so you need less tire and less power.... I think it's great and I'm unsure why traditionalists are so against it? I mean, I understand if you don't like it but I'm all for seeing new engineering innovations and seeing how they'd compete with the mainstream.c Good luck Delta Wing:)
        edward.stallings
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john m
        Less weight because it does not have to meet the same rules as the other cars. This is not what would result from free rules. I am not a traditionalist, but will point out an asinine design when I see one. Bring it up to legal weight for LMP2, up the power and it would not be competitive. There is nothing in the rules that would have prevented them ffom doing that, but they knew they needed a special rule set to make it look good.
          macutty
          • 2 Years Ago
          @edward.stallings
          I think the whole point was an engineering excercise in demonstrating efficiency through light weight and smaller displacement engines. That is to say a demonstration you can go just as fast (or faster) on a fraction of the fuel. Incase you hadnt noticed the focus of auto engineering lately is largley fuel efficiency....
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      And if DRIVERS had looked back at the DeltaWing... it might have had a couple less wrecks. :-X
      twofingersneak
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'm not 100% sure how i feel about the deltawing after its first year on the track - on one hand, i am impressed with the machine and i think that its a positive step forward for advancing autosport....but on the other hand, it just feels like a one-off experiment that wasn't really designed to have much traction (per se) in the racing world. i'm not sure its a fair comparison, but this isn't like Audi busting out and betting the farm on the TDi a few years ago and forcing them to develop it into a winner to survive, or even like Audi busting out the e-Tron this year while keeping the TDi as a hedge of sorts. i remember seeing the R10 TDi lapping at Sebring in 06, and then just waiting with bated breath for 07 and each year thereafter to see how the R10 would evolve into R15 and the R18 - it was like a gift from the easter bunny every year. the deltawing just feels a little "one-off" for me, and that's what makes it hard for me to really have the emotional engagement i'd otherwise have with a machine that i knew i could watch growing up before my eyes for the next several years to come.
      edward.stallings
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is a stupid design that could not compete in a rule set that did not require the ridiculous narrow front track. It looks like the Ambiguously Gay Duo car from Saturday Night Live to boot. Put this embarrassment in the crusher so we never have to see it again and boycott Nissan for their involvement.
        banzairx7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        ^^TROLL^^ From dead last to fifth overall. Ya what an embarrassment....
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      please end this nightmare!
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...While the competition looks back and sees nothing because the car is still colored tarmac black." Hooray for risking driver lives!
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soul Shinobi
        That's why they painted the uprights that red/orange color. So it could be seen.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      LLL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thx to Nissan for writing a big check to put their name on the side of the car and keep the team alive. But the only Nissan part on that car is the throttle body from a Nissan Juke. The engine itself is a Chevy/GM unit from the BTCC Chevy Cruze championship winning team. If the they made that massive NISSAN billboard letters with luminescent paint,, maby cars would stop running into em..
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LLL
        I'd expect such false claims from someone that types the word "maby" instead of MAYBE! Technically, it's neither a Chevy or Nissan powerplant. It was built by RML group of the UK -> http://www.rmlmallock.co.uk/rml-group The 1.6L engine was designed and built in-house by RML, so it's and RML engine. Not a Chevrolet, not a Nissan. Chevy just had the naming rights to the RML unit the same as Nissan. Hell, they're the same people that created the JUKE-R and the Saleen S7, but I don't see you calling either of them by the wrong name. :)
          LLL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          LOL! The spelling trolls arive(the 1st sign of a silly argument..). I was quoting this issue of Hot Rod magazine. No matter who claims to have "ASSEMBLED" your fanboy engine,, its STILL an Ecotec underneath, deal with it . NO NISSAN parts except throttle body,, PERIOD. jeesh,no need to cry over it.. Simply bolting together, anothing manufacturers engine DOES NOT make you the "maker" of that motor. P.S. hey Duhwight..why dont you stop trolling the net and read a "3rd party"industry mag with decdes of journalism experience and world wide reach. They are LESS full of BS than some touring car builder's "internet advertisement" like where u get ur info.. consider the source,,noob.. LOL! .. spellcheck back on..
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Consider the source? The people that DESIGNED AND STILL BUILD the engine aren't a reliable source of information on said engine?! You sir, are a fu**ing moron...
          LLL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          You, Duh Wight, are a mental midget to say the least. They didn’t design any thing,you f@#$kin Auto NOOB. IT IS AN ECOTEC, moron. It’s a direct injection turbo 4 with NO WORIES OF emissions!! 300 hp is NOTHING! There is no need to “design” ANYTHING! It was BOUGHT from GM! Assembled in UK ! PERIOD!! BTW, Tardboy, Road and Track magazine REAFIRMED all of my info. Go back to spell checking, DuhWight, cause your car knowledge is pathetic..
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rick Hamilton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Dan Gurney and the All American Racers for building this car.
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