Experimental Nissan DeltaWing flips at Petit Le Mans
During a practice session, the driver escapes a harrowing accident in this radical race car.
During a practice session for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, a 1,000-mile, 10-hour endurance race scheduled for Saturday, the skinny-nose DeltaWing was clipped from behind by a slower Porsche. The force was enough to cause the DeltaWing to flip immediately, dragging driver Gunnar Jeannette's exposed helmet over the tarmac for several seconds before coming to rest right side up. Jeannette was out of the race, but as is the norm with most racing accidents, he escaped unharmed. Nissan said the damage would be repaired in time for tomorrow's practice session. The full video is below.
During the car's June debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was again knocked aside by another competitor, forcing it (albeit less radically) into a barrier. The DeltaWing is rightly classified as an experiment, with extreme differences in body width and track from front to rear. Some critics call the car unsafe, as most conventional race cars would slide in such an accident rather than instantly flip. Whoever is right, it's certainly incredible to watch.
I wonder if the Delta_wings tire rode up on the Porsche helping it to flip? That's what I see in the video, but the poor angles make that hard to say for certain.
Also, because of the changing width of the vehicle, did the porsche driver fail to make allowances for the wider rear set of tires not in his field of view....
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