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Nissan DeltaWing hit by a Porsche GTC class car during Road Atlanta testing [video]

Driver escaped without any injuries.

A Nissan DeltaWing driven by Gunnar Jeannette was hit in the left rear wheel during the Road Atlanta testing by a Porsche GTC class car. Based on the telemetry system, the powerful impact was measured at 7Gs but luckily the driver escaped without any serious injuries.

Before the accident, the Nissan DeltaWing established the fastest time on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit, finishing a lap in 1 minute and 13.686 seconds. The team started repairing the car immediately after the accident and they plan on returning to the circuit tomorrow.

The video was recorded by the camera inside a Nissan-powered Conquest Racing P2 driven by Martin Plowman.

Source: Nissan

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Wickedated
Very hard for the Porsche driver to spot this car on the track. It's much lower than the Porsche and has a silly shape. Also looked like the Nissan driver passed him on the inside, on the Porsche's racing line. Good to see that the driver was ok. Having your head shaving the pavement and grass must hurt! The deltawing is a silly car design for promotional purposes, Nissan: you're breaking as much grounds as the 6 wheel racing car. Stick to the GT-R.
Oct 19, 2012 12:56 pm
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Xanavi23
Nissan has done the GT-R the FIA GT1 GT-R race car is at the front of the pack and does well. Not saying the Delta wing is the right path, but they do need a secondary path beyond the GT-R race car.
Oct 19, 2012 8:20 pm
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edd_lg
It tips over too easily.
Oct 19, 2012 6:41 am
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GRAVE
Every body complained about the design and poor stability while no one mentioned the Porsche driver who actualy was the reason of this crash!
Oct 19, 2012 4:09 am
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edd_lg
a normal car would just spin, like the Porsche did, the delta wing rolled over.
Oct 19, 2012 6:42 am
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kmayb
The Porsche driver drove into the delta wing, I've seen on Jalopnik that he then had the audacity to Flick him the bird as he drove out of the accident that HE caused.. Wanker I say.
Oct 18, 2012 10:34 pm
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Narco
Same porsche in both crashes. Nice. Narc.
Oct 18, 2012 9:35 pm
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DBaskov
Damn I didn't know those helmets were that protective. Glad that the victim is in descent shape after that serious accident.
Oct 18, 2012 7:47 pm
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out4ride
Not the first Nissan I have seen passing on the right:) Maybe race cars should have passing indicators in the mirrors just like road cars ?
Oct 18, 2012 6:53 pm
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Speed_lite
Too bad but I don't think Batman's car should be on a race track. I couldn't care less if it's fast...the DeltaWing looks ridiculous.
Oct 18, 2012 6:04 pm
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Narco
Yes, progress is terrible. -Written from my Samsung paper notepad with pencil.
Oct 18, 2012 9:35 pm
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EricWilson
I knew there would be an issue with the stability of this car. That car tipped over far too easy. No car with four points in a standard configuration would have tipped over that easy. The driver's head was hitting the ground. This car must be banned from competition.
Oct 18, 2012 6:01 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
The Delta wing shows the same legendary stability as the reliant robin.
Oct 18, 2012 7:27 pm
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Tron117
So with that logic, let's ban dragsters, formula 1 and well pretty much ever other open cockpit race car too. I agree the car tipped too easily, but it would only do so under circumstances like this with a collision, which then raises then next question; wouldn't it seem far more logical to actually investigate safety features before you jump to the conclusion "It must be banned!"?
Oct 18, 2012 8:45 pm
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Bremen_Koenigsegg
Dragsters don't go around corners, and F1 cars are demonstrably disinclined to roll. You don't need a degree in physics to understand it is just a matter of time before this sort of accident happens again.
Oct 19, 2012 12:50 am
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edd_lg
@ Tron117, F1 cars are not delta wings. If delta wings were any good, F1 cars would all be delta wings.
Oct 19, 2012 6:44 am
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vilivo
Hmm, the shape of the car makes it very hard to judge on size and placement for other drivers. At least, I would think so.
Oct 18, 2012 5:36 pm
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AlinCare
this is nfs!! only 7G?
Oct 18, 2012 4:36 pm
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