• DeltaWing Repaired and Ready for Petit LeMans after Road Atlanta Crash

The Nissan DeltaWing will race as a classified car in the 2013 ALMS, but a hiccup at the Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga, almost nipped those plans in the bud.

Despite scoring a very impressive time - it was only 4/10ths of a second slower than the fastest P2 car in sixth place on the time-sheet - the DeltaWing was struck violently in the left rear wheel by a Porsche GTC class car. The car scraped down the road on its side and then rolled over before suffering a heavy impact with the wall and landing back on its wheels. The impact was measured at 7Gs on the team’s telemetry system, but luckily, driver Gunnar Jeannette was not injured thanks to the car’s carbon-fiber survival-cell.

The DeltaWing suffered serious damages first from the Porsche’s hit, then from the rollover and wall hit. The good news is that, in less than 24 hours, the Nissan DeltaWing team managed to repair the car and it is now ready for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans event - the final round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series..


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  (305) posted on 10.21.2012

i think any big team considers accidents as a possibility. they have to, or else they can miss bigger events!

  (302) posted on 10.21.2012

accidents happen. good no one was hurt and they are back on track.

  (312) posted on 10.21.2012

maybe getting the car was a strategy from their competitors. senna did that to win one of the world titles, right in the first corner of the race. strategy, i tell you!

  (305) posted on 10.21.2012

it’s good to know they fixed the car and are up and ready for the race!

  (422) posted on 10.21.2012

imagine driving 23.9 hours and get hit in the last corner. if that happened to me, i’d get out of the rubbles and beat the hell out of the driver who hit me!

  (452) posted on 10.21.2012

the paradox of being a good driver: other ones get to hit you and you’re done no matter what!

  (475) posted on 10.21.2012

imagine the frustration of getting hit by another car!

  (509) posted on 10.21.2012

7G’s impact?!?! wow! that survival cell sure works great!

  (542) posted on 10.21.2012

4/10th of a second slower is close to nothing. one wrong gear shift from your adversary and you made up that time!

  (516) posted on 10.21.2012

they started racing bat mobiles now?? the nissan sure looks like one!

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