Nissan DeltaWing Included in Popular Science’s "2012 Best of What’s New"

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Though the Nissan DeltaWing has not done too much in the racing world yet, it certainly has gained its share of notoriety. The latest notoriety is likely one of its biggest achievements, as it was named to Popular Science’s "2012 Best of What’s New" list, which is included in the December 2012 printing of the magazine.

Popular Science releases this list every year, which contains 12 different categories and covers 100 new technologies, so making the cut is quite the achievement. We have certainly enjoyed watching the DeltaWing grow ever since it was just an unusual concept on a piece of paper, so its inclusion comes as no surprise to us. Even with its unusual proportions and relatively low power output, the DeltaWing has already run in the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Petite Le Mans and is set to run as a classified car in the 2013 American Le Mans Series.

While the 24 Hours of Le Mans race didn’t turn out too well, the Petit Le Mans ended very well, with the Delta Wing placing in the top five.

A belated congratulations to the DeltaWing crew on its fifth-place finish at the Petite Le Mans and a huge congratulations to it for this awesome recognition!

Click past the jump to red Nissan’s full press release on the award.


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Nissan DeltaWing Named to Popular Science’s "2012 Best of What’s New"

Popular Science magazine recognizes the innovation and capability of Nissan’s lightweight, fuel-efficient racecar

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FRANKLIN, TENN. – The Nissan DeltaWing has been named one of Popular Science’s "2012 Best of What’s New" products and innovations in the magazine’s December 2012 issue. The winners, presented across 12 categories, include 100 top tech innovations that represent significant advancements in their areas.

The Nissan DeltaWing debuted in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race this summer. The most ground-breaking motorsport innovation of its time, the racecar features half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical Le Mans sports car. Accordingly, Nissan DeltaWing only consumes about half the fuel of a typical Le Mans prototype car, as well.

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The vehicle’s unconventional specifications, which include four-inch-wide front tires, allow the 1,250-pound DeltaWing to reach 200 miles per hour with the same amount of power used in a high-end family sedan, versus the real world equivalent of 600 horsepower required by other Le Mans racers.

Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director, said: "The Nissan DeltaWing was designed and built with the initial aim of completing the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans using just half the fuel and half the tires of contemporary sports prototypes. This recognition from Popular Science is evidence that the Nissan DeltaWing is truly something different, and we’re glad that its innovative contributions to racing have been recognized."

Popular Science’s editor-in-chief, Jacob Ward, added: "For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future. The ’Best of What’s New’ list is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants – are each a revolution in its field."

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"One of the key elements to the success of the DeltaWing is its highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan 1.6 engine," added Cox. "During the project, our engineers learned a lot about high performance, high efficiency engines as well as radical aerodynamics, advanced lightweight technologies and breakthrough chassis dynamics. All these things are important trends in road car development. Nissan used this project to fast track our learning."

In October, the DeltaWing scored its first-ever race finish, taking fifth place overall in the grueling 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in Georgia despite starting from the back of the grid of 42 endurance racers.

For those eager to see the innovative racecar up close, the Nissan DeltaWing will make its North American auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where it will be on display to the public from November 30 to December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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  (305) posted on 11.21.2012

the engineers who made this have a life: the nissan delta wing.!

  (302) posted on 11.21.2012

whoever says engineers are lifeless, remember that they give us things like that!

  (312) posted on 11.21.2012

that’s true! anything was considered impossible until someone solved the problem and made it possible.

  (305) posted on 11.21.2012

any new thing was considered special at first.

  (422) posted on 11.21.2012

this is the type of car that can change views on race cars!

  (475) posted on 11.21.2012

then i rephrase: this car can truly be the best!

  (452) posted on 11.21.2012

i love the innovation this car brings. it finished 5th with a 1.6 liter engine!

  (475) posted on 11.21.2012

this car truly is best of what’s new!

  (509) posted on 11.21.2012

the fact that popular science consider this car in the top 100 inventions of the year is something great.

  (516) posted on 11.21.2012

i meant unusual as the first car was unusual when compared with a horse-pulled vehicle.

  (542) posted on 11.21.2012

unusual? i might say it is daring! unusual makes it sound...special as a retarded person (no offense to disabled and mentally challenged people intended) is special!

  (516) posted on 11.21.2012

this is a very interesting racing car. quite unusual!

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