Nissan DeltaWing European testing program kicked off at Snetterton

Article by Christian A., on April 20, 2012

The European testing program for the experimental Nissan DeltaWing prototype sportscar has started in England at Snetterton, in Norfolk, this week. On the first day, Scotsman Marino Franchitti and German Michael Krumm got the chance to test the car in wet conditions.

The 1.6-litre Nissan DIG-T turbo-powered car and its tyre partner Michelin took advantage of the steady rain in the morning and studied wet weather development. The Nissan DeltaWing has half the weight of a traditional Le Mans sportscar. The DeltaWing also has half the horsepower and the aerodynamic drag as it has front tires that are just four inches wide.

Nissan has previously conducted all of its development work in the U.S. but with the start of the testing in Europe, it is excited to get information about the car’s performance in typical European track conditions. The Nissan DeltaWing team would have to focus on getting more details as the Le Mans 24 Hours is only two months away.

The Nissan DeltaWing team is “still on a massive learning curve,” according to Darren Cox, General Manager Nissan in Europe. He said that the initial groundwork done in the U.S. had been helpful but since the car will be racing in the French countryside, it’s good that the team was able to experience the rain that it is likely to have to contend with on June 16 to 17.

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