Nissan DeltaWing race car approved for Le Mans 24 Hours (w/ Video)

This is the new Nissan DeltaWing, a project by the Japanese automaker which aims at changing the face of endurance racing forever with a very radical looking race car. The DeltaWing, which has been approved to raceĀ for the first time at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 June), will also act as a test bed for new road car technologies.

“While Nissan DeltaWing will not be classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Company is looking to showcase the pioneering technology that will show one potential direction for the future of motorsport and will feed into the research and development of future technologies, that filter down to Nissan’s road car product range,” Nissan said in a statement.

Power for the Nissan DeltaWing comes from a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine with direct gasoline injection and a turbocharger.

“As motor racing rulebooks have become tighter over time, racing cars look more and more similar and the technology used has had less and less relevance to road car development. Nissan DeltaWing aims to change that and we were an obvious choice to become part of the project,” said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Well, we’re liking what we see here.

– By: Roman Bronfenbrener