Popular Science magazine has named their “2012 Best of What’s New” products and innovations. The list includes top tech innovations that represent significant advancements across twelve categories. The Nissan DeltaWing has been included on this list.
Debuting this past summer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France, DeltaWing is a ground-breaking racecar that features half the weight of the typical Le Mans prototype car. It also only consumes about half the fuel of these other racecars.
“The Nissan DeltaWing was designed and built with the initial aim of completing the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans using just half the fuel and half the tires of contemporary sports prototypes,” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsports Director. “This recognition from Popular Science is evidence that the Nissan DeltaWing is truly something different, and we’re glad that its innovative contributions to racing have been recognized.”
“One of the key elements to the success of the DeltaWing is its highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan 1.6 engine,” added Cox. “During the project, our engineers learned a lot about high performance, high efficiency engines as well as radical aerodynamics, advanced lightweight technologies and breakthrough chassis dynamics. All these things are important trends in road car development. Nissan used this project to fast track our learning.”