JPRS - Le Mans 26/03/12 - 2"15'68 - Clio 3 RS R27
Organisateur : Renault Sport
Date : 26 Mars 2012
Circuit : Le Mans (Circuit Bugatti)
Meilleur Chrono : 2"15"68 (GPS 10 Hz)
Voiture : Renault Clio 3 RS R27 Makaha
Équipement voiture : Full stock, Michelin Pilot Exalto 2 et RC6
2012 Nissan DeltaWing Accident
HEROIC NISSAN DELTAWING TEAM ENDS LE MANS JOURNEY
-- 2012 Le Mans 24hours --
June 16: Circuit de la Sarthe - Le Mans (France)
INNOVATIVE SPORTSCAR PROVES TECHNOLOGY BUT RETIRES AFTER ACCIDENT
Ground-breaking racing car runs for six hours at strong pace, proving both
reliability and speed
Contact with Toyota LMP1 car puts Nissan DeltaWing into the wall at Porsche
Heroic driver, Satoshi Motoyama, spends 90 minutes in an amazing team
effort to get car running again
Nissan's partner LMP2 teams still going strong
The Nissan DeltaWing, the most pioneering motorsport innovation for a
generation, retired from the Le Mans 24 Hours tonight after six hours,
1005km and a valiant team effort to get the car running again.
Aiming to complete the famous French endurance race using half the amount
of fuel and tyres of any other car on the grid, the Nissan DeltaWing has
become a firm fan favourite and the biggest story of Le Mans 2012, thanks
to its outlandish, dart-shaped design and efficiency-driven technology.
The car was running well at consistently-fast lap times when, coming out of
a sustained safety car period, it was struck by a passing LMP1 runner,
going off the circuit and suffering a heavy impact with the wall.
Driver, Satoshi Motoyama, struggled tirelessly for nearly 90 minutes, with
massive support from his team, who joined him to give instruction from the
side of the track. However, despite their amazing efforts, the damage
caused by the accident proved to be too severe.
Nissan DeltaWing has captured the imagination of the media and the public
alike since Nissan unveiled it in London in March. After the accident, it
garnered huge support from fans on social media sites and media coverage of
the project to date has been almost universally positive.
Despite a vastly condensed development schedule, including just 107 days
between the car turning a wheel for the first time and the start of the
race today, the team has overcome huge challenges to get the Nissan
DeltaWing to Le Mans.
Darren Cox, General Manager, Nissan in Europe, was stoic: "That's
motorsport -- we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't understand the danger
of this sort of thing happening. Initially, we were completely gutted but
that feeling quickly gave way to a huge sense of pride in what we have
"There have been so many people involved in this astonishing project and,
without each one of them, it would not have been possible. Everyone should
celebrate the success that Nissan DeltaWing has been and feel pride in the
impact it will have as a test bed for future innovations both on the road
"We came here and a lot of people were not sure that this car would work
but we have proven them wrong. The support for this campaign has been
astounding and, from Nissan, we thank everyone who got behind us.
"I hope they continue to enjoy Le Mans weekend and all of the other
activities that Nissan has brought to the 24 Hours this year."
Nissan DeltaWing completed 1005km of the race, equivalent to a regular
World Endurance Championship race. During its best stint, it was running at
strong LMP2 pace and its fuel usage was on course for its pre-race
projection, to complete the event using half the fuel of its LMP1