The unorthodox Nissan DeltaWing race car will be racing once again but with a different engine and body. In 2012, this car raced twice. A Toyota TS030 Hybrid had forced it off the track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After the DeltaWing’s difficult first season, many thought that it will be thrown to a racing museum.
However, Speed reported that the race car can make a comeback. Panoz is a supporter of the original Nissan-powered DeltaWing unit. It has supposedly developed a new Mazda MZ-R based engine with a billet block, direct-injection and twin turbos delivering about 345 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Aside from offering more power than the previous Nissan engine, this engine is 15 lb lighter too.
This car with this new Mazda engine is set to debut at the Sebring race this year in the present open-top bodystyle. However, an enclosed coupe DeltaWing body will be used for races after Sebring.
Furthermore, the car will compete in the P1 category for 2013, signifying a change to a class that’s quicker and more competitive than the 2012 car’s P1 classification. The new enclosed coupe body style with the new Mazda-based engine will be seen at the ALMS race on May 11 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.