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Victory, Defeat – and Plenty of Surprises – at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

Another tequila sunrise to start the 2016 racing season.

by on Feb.01, 2016

Luis Filipe Derani celebrates after driving the last leg in the ESM team's Honda at the Rolex 24.

It wasn’t champagne flowing in Florida Sunday afternoon — nor milk, the beverage of choice for Indianapolis 500 winners. After 22-year-old Luis Filipe Derani shot across the finish line to wrap up the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the drink of choice was tequila.

No surprise, for Derani and his four co-drivers claimed an unprecedented victory behind the wheel of the Honda-powered Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports prototype, a full 26 seconds ahead of their nearest competitors.

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It was the first time ever that a P2-class race car had claimed victory in what is generally seen as America’s most grueling endurance race – and a prelude to the summer’s main event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Words can’t describe it,” said ESM co-driver Scott Sharp, a previous Daytona winner. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s amazing.”

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DeltaWing Moves Ahead With Family of Road, Track Cars

DeltaWing GT race car also in the works.

by on Mar.23, 2015

A rendering of the DeltaWing GT racer. Two- and four-door street-legal models would maintain the same basic dart-shaped layout.

Suspension problems may have soured things at Sebring over the weekend, but the folks behind the DeltaWing program are anything but downbeat these days.

Quite the contrary. They’re confidently planning to move ahead with efforts to build not just one but a family of street legal cars based on the radical DeltaWing design. First seen on track during the 2012 running of the Le Mans endurance race, the DeltaWing is a dart-shaped race car that focuses on light weight and advanced aerodynamics rather than massive amounts of horsepower.

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Backed by Don Panoz, the Georgia-based entrepreneur and race team owner, DeltaWing Technology Group says preliminary testing shows it could deliver sporty performance – and more than 70 miles per gallon. If that held up with a production model, it rival the best of today’s hybrids and even more advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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DeltaWing Unveils 4-Seat Passenger Car Concept

Ultra-light and aero design goes from track to street.

by on May.28, 2014

The DeltaWing sedan concept picks up many of the design elements of the race car, notably its sleek aerodynamic shape and light weight.

The radical DeltaWing race car created quite a buzz when it made its debut a few years back, and this equally radical 4-seat passenger car concept is likely to stir things up even more.

Developed by the Georgia-based DeltaWing Technologies, the prototype features a narrow, windswept nose and ultra-light construction to significantly improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Whether potential buyers would take to the unusual design remains to be seen, but aerodynamics and “lightweighting” have become critical to the industry’s efforts to meet the tough 54.5 mpg federal fuel economy standards going into effect in 2025.

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“Many of the aerodynamic, lightweight and handling benefits of the race car can translate to the street,” said DeltaWing Chairman Don Panoz. “We are competing at the highest levels of road racing with half the weight, half the horsepower, and nearly half of the fuel consumption. We believe we can deliver similar results on the street without compromising safety, comfort and performance. We have a formula that’s highly efficient and still fun to drive.”

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Nissan Confirms New NISMO GT-R, Plans to Open New NISMO HQ and Plant

Performance brand will anchor Japanese maker’s return to Le Mans in 2014.

by on Feb.25, 2013

The 2014 GT-R will provide the foundation for Nissan's next NISMO model.

Nissan plans to rapidly ramp up its line-up of high-performance models under the NISMO brand, with a new version of the GT-R sports car to join the Juke and 370Z NISMO models the maker unveiled earlier this month at the Chicago Auto Show.

Originally intended to serve as the Japanese maker’s racing arm, NISMO will now get its own headquarters and a plant specifically earmarked to produce its performance street products.

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During a news conference in Japan on Tuesday morning, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn also outlined an expanded role for NISMO in the maker’s global motorsports program, with Nissan planning to field a car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 that will be based on the revolutionary DeltaWing project it sponsored during the 2012 running of the grueling endurance race. While details have yet to be released, the new Le Mans car will make extensive use of electric propulsion, as well as advanced aerodynamic design.

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