Nissan Europe released this video to give a behind the scenes look at the development of the Nissan DeltaWing. The premise of the car is that it has half the weight and aerodynamic drag of a traditional race car and thus requires half the power and fuel consumption. The car’s center of gravity is very near the rear axle which is why the front tires are so skinny. The car was originally submitted for consideration to be the new chassis for Indy car racing but was passed over for something more traditional. New sponsors picked up the design to run as an exhibition vehicle in this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans. Nissan decided to back a large portion of the project by providing a 1.6 liter turbocharged I4 engine related to the one found in the Nissan Juke. After 3.5 years of development, the team and the car arrived at Le Mans and took their first shakedown laps.
Source: Nissan Europe