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Top Tech Cars 2013: Nissan DeltaWing: It flies through the air with the greatest of ease

Top Tech Cars 2013: Nissan DeltaWing: It flies through the air with the greatest of ease

It did, and just four months later, at Road Atlanta, in the American Le Mans Series’ season-ending Petit Le Mans. In practice, the risk-loving driver Gunnar Jeannette was again struck on track, sending the car dramatically airborne. Yet despite starting dead last in the 42-car field, Jeannette passed eight cars on the first lap in the hastily rebuilt Nissan. Because the Nissan’s feathery weight saved wear on its tires, it skipped multiple tire changes, allowing it to place as high as third before finishing fifth overall. It was a remarkable showing for a rookie with barely more power than a typical V-6 sedan. The DeltaWing also consumed just 55 percent of the fuel of a Nissan-powered V-8 competitor that the team benchmarked during the event.

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