R&T covered it's first test in the States, and now, the experimental Nissan DeltaWing prototype sportscar has kicked off its European testing program in England with Scotsman, Marino Franchitti and German, Michael Krumm getting the opportunity to sample the car in wet conditions.
Steady rain throughout the morning enabled the team to undertake wet weather development with tire partner, Michelin, with the hugely innovative 1.6-liter Nissan DIG-T turbo-powered car.
The Nissan DeltaWing features half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodymamic drag of a traditional Le Mans sportscar – with front tires that are only four inches wide.
Franchitti conducted most of the morning runs in conditions that ranged from damp to extremely wet weather – gathering valuable data as to how the car performs. Having only previously conducted some brief wet track running on an artificially damp track at Sebring, with the help of a water truck, the on-track action was an important step in the development of wet tires for the car.
Michael Krumm climbed aboard for much of the afternoon sessions – enjoying drier conditions as the team worked on suspension adjustments, braking and gearbox improvements.
The Nissan DeltaWing will make its debut at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Nissan's involvement in the program was announced in March, with the manufacturer not only providing the engine, but additional technical resources for the car's debut.
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