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Nissan DeltaWing back in action at American Le Mans

After being sidelined in a collision during the Le Mans 24 Hour race three months ago, the Nissan DeltaWing (pictured) is finally scheduled to return to action as part of the American Le Mans Series finale.

The vehicle has been designed specifically for the Le Mans races and is able to use half the fuel and half the tyre-wear of conventional sports cars – but after clashing with another car, it was forced to retire after just six hours of the 24 hour race.

Nissan DeltaWing

Despite the early finish there was still some satisfaction about the vehicle’s performance. According to statistics it was on course to complete its goal of using half the fuel and half the tyres of its fellow entrants. While the LMP2 car had a running fuel consumption level of 5mpg, the Nissan DeltaWing smashed this at 10.7mpg.

Commenting on the vehicle’s performance, Darren Cox, the general manager of Nissan Europe, commented that Le Mans was a “huge success” with the car doing everything they wanted it do “and more”. He said the company has been blown away by the level of support offered by fans and feel it owes it to them to race again.

Now it will be back in action at Road Atlanta – believing it to be the perfect race to give the fans the finish they desire while demonstrating its prowess on the track.

The race takes place from October 17-20.

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Paul Lucas

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